4. Leadership and Business Excellence

  1. Al Gini1 and
  2. Ronald M. Green2

Published Online: 25 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118551653.ch4

10 Virtues of Outstanding Leaders: Leadership and Character

10 Virtues of Outstanding Leaders: Leadership and Character

How to Cite

Gini, A. and Green, R. M. (2013) Leadership and Business Excellence, in 10 Virtues of Outstanding Leaders: Leadership and Character, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118551653.ch4

Author Information

  1. 1

    Loyola University Chicago, USA

  2. 2

    Dartmouth College, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 9 APR 2013

Book Series:

  1. Foundations of Business Ethics

Book Series Editors:

  1. W. Michael Hoffman and
  2. Robert E. Frederick

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470672303

Online ISBN: 9781118551653



  • business ethics;
  • business excellence;
  • leaders;
  • leadership;
  • Narcissism;
  • workplace ethics


Business serves as the moral metronome for society. The meter and behavior established by business and business leaders help to set the tone, develop the vision, and shape the patterns of behavior for all of us. This chapter on leadership and business excellence talks about ethics in business, workplace ethics, and leaders as role models. The issue of ethics in business arises at the very core, the nexus of what we mean by business – transactions, actions in regard to others. The ethics of leadership – whether good or bad, positive or negative – affects the ethos of the workplace and thereby helps to form the ethical choices and decisions of the workers in the workplace. Bad leaders or misleaders are primarily focused on their own self-serving exercise of power and not on their constituents' concerns and needs. A section in the chapter is devoted to the culture of Narcissism.

Controlled Vocabulary Terms

business ethics; leader; leadership