Challenges to leader integrity: How leaders deal with dilemmas of honesty

Steven L. Grover*, Robert Moorman

*Corresponding author for this work

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The adage ‘Honesty is the best policy’ seems applicable to leaders in the business world. Some individuals undoubtedly wish they had lived by the motto, such as Martha Stewart, who did jail time for lying, not for insider trading. However, being honest in business is not clear and simple. In this chapter we explore leadership honesty and integrity, critically analysing some of the honesty dilemmas leaders face and theorizing about consequences of both honesty and dishonesty among leaders.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEthical dilemmas in management
EditorsChristina Garsten, Tor Hernes
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor and Francis Group
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9780203891568
ISBN (Print)9780415437592, 9780415437608
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes


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