Moral Implications of Leadership - Transformative Insights

Feng Xu, Cam Caldwell, Verl Anderson


In this paper we examine the correlations between Lawrence Kohlberg’s six stages of morality and Transformative Leadership, a new morally-based approach to leadership. Using survey of students, faculty members, and staffs at a South Florida private university we present evidence that there is a clear relationship between an individual’s self-described leadership perspectives and the stages of Kohlberg’s moral development model. Our paper provides five significant contributions to the literature about leadership and its moral role and enables scholars and practitioners to understand more completely the relationships between leadership and moral behavior.


Commitment, Kohlberg’s six-stage moral development, morality, transformative leadership.

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