Moral competency and leadership

In his book, Personality and the Fate of Organizations, psychologist Robert Hogan refers to the moral competency of leaders as “the single most important quality of leadership from the observer’s perspective.”

He then lists the seven moral competencies of leaders, as compiled by University of Surrey professor Nicholas Emler:

1. The temptations of personal gain (not exploiting privilege)

2. The temptations of tyranny (not using power to bully)

3. The risks of failure (feeling responsible for the group’s success)

4. Avoiding collateral damage (socially responsible decision-making)

5. Ensuring justice (fair in reward, critique, and conflict resolution)

6. Pursuing a moral mandate (positioning the vision as a force for good)

7. Setting an example (remaining mindful of role model status)

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