The design and validation of leaders’ measure of moral reasoning orientation

Ijeoma G. Ukeni, Kae Reynolds

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The influence of leaders both at individual and team levels and its impact on the organisational moral climate presents a need for improved understanding of ethical aspects of leadership. Nonetheless, the moral development of leaders is not widely acknowledged as a priority in leadership skills even in these challenging times of uncertainty and increase in corporate wrongdoing. More so, leaders are continually faced with moral dilemmas that require appropriate deliberation in view of sustainable productivity. Although the role of ethics and values are an integral part of the extant leadership literature, the field lacks adequate empirical evidence of leaders’ approaches to handling moral issues. In essence, a new instrument would be designed to assess leaders’ moral orientation which will make a meaningful contribution to leadership theory and development. Hence, this paper aims to expand the normative model of servant leadership with specific dimensions of moral reasoning via a quantitative methodology.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the British Academy of Management 2018 Conference
PublisherBritish Academy of Management
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9780995641310
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
EventBritish Academy of Management Annual Conference 2018 : Driving Productivity in Uncertain and Challenging Times - Bristol Business School, University of the West of England, Bristol, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 Sept 20186 Sept 2018 (Conference website)


ConferenceBritish Academy of Management Annual Conference 2018
Abbreviated titleBAM2018
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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  • Leadership
  • Ethics
  • Moral reasoning orientation
  • Ethic of justice
  • Ethic of care
  • Servant Leadership


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