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Responsible Leadership in a Stakeholder Society: A Relational Perspective

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abstract We understand responsible leadership as a social-relational and ethical phenomenon, which occurs in social processes of interaction. While the prevailing leadership literature has for the most part focussed on the relationship between leaders and followers in the organization and defined followers as subordinates, we show in this article that leadership takes place in interaction with a multitude of followers as stakeholders inside and outside the corporation. Using an ethical lens, we discuss leadership responsibilities in a stakeholder society, thereby following Bass and Steidelmeier's sug-gestion to discuss "leadership in the context of contemporary stakeholder theory" (1999: 200). Moreover, from a relational and stakeholder perspective we approach the ques-tions: What is responsible leadership? What makes a responsible leader? What qualities are needed? Finally, we propose a so-called "roles model" of responsible leadership, which gives a gestalt to a responsible leader and describes the different roles he or she takes in leading stakeholders and business in society.
   
type journal paper
   
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language English
kind of paper journal article
date of appearance 2006
journal Journal of Business Ethics
publisher Springer (Netherlands)
ISSN 0167-4544
ISSN (online) 1573-0697
volume of journal 66
number of issue 1
page(s) 99-115
review double-blind review
   
citation Pless, N., & Maak, T. (2006). Responsible Leadership in a Stakeholder Society: A Relational Perspective. Journal of Business Ethics, 66(1), 99-115.