Neuroscience Research and Ethical Leadership: Insights from an Advanced Neurological Micro Foundation

In: D. M. Wasieleski & J. Weber (Eds.), Business and Society 360: Business Ethics, Volume 3, Bingley: Emerald, pp. 261 – 293 (2010)

40 Pages Posted: 17 Dec 2010 Last revised: 10 Jul 2019

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Christian Voegtlin

Audencia Business School; University of Zurich - Department of Business Administration; University of Zurich - Faculty of Economics, Business Administration and Information Technology

Ina Maria Kaufmann

Institute of Organization and Administrative Science, University of Zurich

Diana Robertson

University of Pennsylvania - Legal Studies Department

Date Written: 2019

Abstract

The chapter examines to what extent research from social cognitive neuroscience can inform ethical leadership. We evaluate the contribution of brain research to the understanding of ethical leaders as moral persons, as well the understanding of their role as moral managers. The areas of social cognitive neuroscience that mirror these two aspects of ethical leadership comprise research relating to understanding oneself, understanding others, and the relationship between the self and others. Within these, we deem it relevant for ethical leadership to incorporate research findings about self-reflection, self-regulation, theory of mind, empathy, trust and fairness. The chapter highlights social cognitive neuroscience research in these areas and discusses its actual and potential contributions to ethical leadership. The chapter thereby engages also with the broader discussion on the neuroscience of leadership. We suggest new avenues for future research in the field of leadership ethics and responsibility.

Keywords: Ethical leadership, responsible leadership, social cognitive neuroscience, moral person, moral manager

Suggested Citation

Voegtlin, Christian and Kaufmann, Ina Maria and Robertson, Diana, Neuroscience Research and Ethical Leadership: Insights from an Advanced Neurological Micro Foundation (2019). In: D. M. Wasieleski & J. Weber (Eds.), Business and Society 360: Business Ethics, Volume 3, Bingley: Emerald, pp. 261 – 293 (2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1718429 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1718429

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