Ten Virtues of Outstanding Leaders: Leadership and Character

  • 4h 32m
  • Al Gini, Ronald M. Green
  • John Wiley & Sons (US)
  • 2013

This readable distillation of the core common features of successful leaders shows how an individual's character, and especially their virtue, is the defining factor. Without these ten vital virtues, leadership becomes "misleadership." The authors, both renowned business ethicists, combine theory with fascinating biographical detail on exemplary leaders such as Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill, and Oprah Winfrey. The result is an accessible text on the ethics of leadership which, unlike many publications that claim to reveal the secrets of success as a leader, is informed by a wealth of exceptional academic experience.

About the Authors

Al Gini is Professor of Business Ethics at Loyola University Chicago, USA, where he is also Chair of the Department of Management in the Quinlan School of Business. A co-founder and long-time associate editor of Business Ethics Quarterly, the journal of the Society for Business Ethics, Professor Gini has for 25 years been the resident philosopher on the NPR affiliate in Chicago, WBEZ-FM, and is a regular speaker on the public lecture circuit. His books include The Ethics of Business (2012), which he coauthored with Alexei Marcoux; Seeking the Truth of Things (2010); Why It’s Hard to Be Good (2006); and The Importance of Being Lazy: In Praise of Play, Leisure, and Vacation (2003).

Ronald M. Green is Eunice & Julian Cohen Professor for the Study of Ethics and Human Values at Dartmouth College, USA. He served as the director of Dartmouth’s Ethics Institute from 1992 until 2011. Professor Green is actively involved in numerous fields of applied ethics, particularly bioethics and business ethics, and is a consultant to a number of leading corporations including Ogilvy & Mather. A former director of the National Institutes of Health’s National Human Genome Research Institute, Professor Green has also been a member of the NIH’s Human Embryo Research Panel. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2005. Professor Green’s many publications include The Ethical Manager (1993) and Babies by Design (2007).

In this Book

  • 10 Virtues of Outstanding Leaders—Leadership and Character
  • Prologue
  • What Is Leadership?
  • Misleadership
  • Character and Leadership
  • Leadership and Business Excellence
  • The Ten Virtues
  • James Burke and the Tylenol Poisoning Episodes—Deep Honesty
  • Abraham Lincoln/Rosa Parks—Moral Courage
  • Winston Churchill—Moral Judgment and Moral Vision
  • Oprah Winfrey—Compassion and Care
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Sicilian Slapping Incidents—Fairness
  • FDR and the A-Bomb—Intellectual Excellence
  • Herb Kelleher and the People of Southwest Airlines—Creative Thinking
  • Steve Jobs and Apple—Aesthetic Sensitivity
  • Charles De Gaulle and Exiting Algeria—Good Timing
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.—Deep Selflessness
  • Conclusion