The Definition of Moral Leader

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Moral leaders model personal integrity, and they teach and inspire others to develop their own moral characters. Moral leaders are skilled at self-management and emotional intelligence -- the ability to read and respond compassionately to the cues of others. Moral leadership is not necessarily connected to position or status, as anyone can become a moral leader. Yet a moral leader must have vision.

1 Leading by Example to Serve Others

Moral leaders can persuade others to behave correctly, mostly by practicing what they preach. In the world of business, moral leaders avoid shortcuts to success that involve compromising moral and ethical values and breaking the law. They don't make excuses or try to rationalize their mistakes. Moral leaders generously focus on developing the skills of others rather than drawing attention to their own achievements. They aren't afraid to act as whistleblowers when the situation demands. Because moral leaders are motivated by core values of justice and fairness, their actions are service oriented.

2 Emotional Intelligence and Vision

Moral leaders have social skills and self-control. They strive for consensus and often are seen as the conscience of their group or organization. Moral leaders are accountable, pursue excellence and think about consequences before they act. They avoid favoritism, prejudice and blame. Moral leaders can visualize goals and lead others to achieve them. They're reflective and welcome criticism as an impetus for growth and self-improvement.

Susie Zappia teaches humanities and research and writing courses online for several colleges. Her research interests include counterculture literature of the 1960 and instructional design for online courses and she enjoys writing about literature, art and instructional design. She holds a Master of Arts in humanities from California State University, Dominguez Hills and a Master of Science in instructional design from Capella University.