Identifying Three Ideal Types

Mick Fryer

in Ethics and Organizational Leadership

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199590186
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191724947 | DOI:
Identifying Three Ideal Types

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This chapter draws on empirical data to illustrate three ideal-type ways of thinking about an organizational leader's role in relation to ethics: those of the Company Advocate, the Moral Crusader, and the Mediator of Communication. Resonance between these ideal types and the three meta-ethical stances considered during Part II are discussed. It is suggested that ethical sensitization is a morally desirable characteristic in leaders and in organizations. However, ethical sensitization can also have troubling ramifications, particularly when it is not balanced by recognition of the complex and contestable nature of moral legitimation. It is suggested that the Mediator of Communication ideal type offers a more sensitive response to such challenges than do those of either the Company Advocate or the Moral Crusader.

Keywords: Company Advocate; ethics; leadership; Mediator of Communication; Moral Crusader; moral sensitization

Chapter.  10245 words. 

Subjects: Organizational Theory and Behaviour

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