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Managers as Ethical Leaders & Empowering Ethical Employees

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Discuss the five sources of power available to managers, and the ethical issues related to authoritarian and participatory leadership styles.

What is ethical leadership and how can it be measured? Use our text to support your thoughts.

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Discuss the five sources of power available to managers, and the ethical issues related to authoritarian and participatory leadership styles.

The five sources of power available to managers in legitimate power, expert power, referent power, coercive power, and reward power. Legitimate power is placated upon management as a result of the position the manager holds in the organization's hierarchy. Expert power can be comprised of the ...

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