Document Type



character, leadership, character-based leadership, ethical issues, character and values, character and personality, character and well-being


Business Law, Public Responsibility, and Ethics



In presenting our overview of character, we set out to challenge the increasingly prevalent (and narrow) self-interest perspectives of character considered as merely freefloating values and cults of personality. One can almost hear Theodore Roosevelt’s eloquent call for a renewal of more traditional views of character. Our take-away point is simple. As with the impending financial debacle, we find ourselves in a similar moral dilemma. The time is now to carefully consider the many benefits of character and character-based leadership

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Publication Date

Winter 1-2013


DOI:; Organizational Dynamics (2013) 42, 25—34; "Provided for non-commercial research and education use. Not for reproduction, distribution, or commercial use"



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