The chapter addresses the theme of responsible and good governance based on a moral and virtues-based leadership approach. Leadership is essential to the success of implementing ethics within the organization and the benefits of diffusing ethical practices have been demonstrated stressing the importance of the leaders' virtues. Starting from these premises, the works focuses on entrepreneurial and managerial leadership and on its attributes and role in developing an authentic responsible orientation and a good governance. How does leadership affect the dissemination of a virtues-based orientation at all levels of the organization? Which are the attributes of a moral-based and virtues-based leadership? How do they affect governance? These research questions are the thread from which the study has been developed, focusing on the factors affecting moral and virtues-based leadership and governance and related actions and strategies. The analysis addresses attention to the balance between conditions under which strategies are carried out (models of work organization, corporate governance and business atmosphere, intra and extra-corporate relationships and leadership). Initially the work describes the theoretical framework paying specific attention to moral and virtues-based models of leadership and governance. Subsequently the chapter presents the first results of an empirical analysis centered on exemplary case-studies relative to Italian companies, which are included among the best performing ones and have for years built a responsible orientation through their mission and governance models. The results of the study underline how virtues-based leadership can promote a cultural reorientation and valorize humanity and relationships with stakeholders. Moreover, findings highlight the need for developing further empirical research on the relationship between ethical values, virtues, integrity and good model of entrepreneurial leadership and governance.

AN ETHICAL AND VIRTUES-BASED MODEL OF LEADERSHIP FOR A GOOD GOVERNANCE INSIGHTS AND REFLECTIONS BETWEEN THEORY AND PRACTICE

DEL BALDO, MARA
2016-01-01

Abstract

The chapter addresses the theme of responsible and good governance based on a moral and virtues-based leadership approach. Leadership is essential to the success of implementing ethics within the organization and the benefits of diffusing ethical practices have been demonstrated stressing the importance of the leaders' virtues. Starting from these premises, the works focuses on entrepreneurial and managerial leadership and on its attributes and role in developing an authentic responsible orientation and a good governance. How does leadership affect the dissemination of a virtues-based orientation at all levels of the organization? Which are the attributes of a moral-based and virtues-based leadership? How do they affect governance? These research questions are the thread from which the study has been developed, focusing on the factors affecting moral and virtues-based leadership and governance and related actions and strategies. The analysis addresses attention to the balance between conditions under which strategies are carried out (models of work organization, corporate governance and business atmosphere, intra and extra-corporate relationships and leadership). Initially the work describes the theoretical framework paying specific attention to moral and virtues-based models of leadership and governance. Subsequently the chapter presents the first results of an empirical analysis centered on exemplary case-studies relative to Italian companies, which are included among the best performing ones and have for years built a responsible orientation through their mission and governance models. The results of the study underline how virtues-based leadership can promote a cultural reorientation and valorize humanity and relationships with stakeholders. Moreover, findings highlight the need for developing further empirical research on the relationship between ethical values, virtues, integrity and good model of entrepreneurial leadership and governance.
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