Integrating four types of moral leadership

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January 2012


There are many types of moral leadership. We use Allender’s typology of priest, king, and prophet to examine the reconciliatory, pragmatic and powerful, and visionary approaches to moral leading. We add a fourth type, the judge, as an integrative type. We suggest seven steps to integrate these types of moral leadership into both individual and community moral processes. Understanding and integrating these types will help organizations to create the dialogue to develop sustainable and generative views of ethics that will avoid two common extremes: legalistic judgmentalism and moral relativism. Both forms cripple communities with narrow moral thinking, naivety, and confusion.


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