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Why ‘moral leadership’ matters, and how to demonstrate it

Jaclyn Jaeger | March 22, 2019

Most employees believe that moral leadership leads to better business results, but few believe that senior leaders consistently demonstrate those qualities.

That’s according to the findings of a new report, “The State of Moral Leadership in Business 2019,” conducted by ethics and compliance advisory firm LRN. Among 1,105 U.S. employees surveyed from a cross-sector of industries, 87 percent of respondents said the need for moral leadership in business is more urgent today than ever before.

“Across industries, roles, gender, and tenures, respondents were equally emphatic about their desire for managers and executives to lead with the company’s deeper purpose, inspire and elevate people, uphold moral values, and actively engage in questions of right and wrong,” LRN said.

Yet, just seven percent of survey respondents said their managers consistently exhibit the behaviors of moral leadership. More than...

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