leadership; ethics; leader identity; leadership/psychology; organization and administration; professional ethics; professionalism


Adult and Continuing Education | Business Administration, Management, and Operations | Curriculum and Instruction | Curriculum and Social Inquiry | Educational Leadership | Educational Methods | Leadership Studies | Organizational Behavior and Theory | Organization Development | Other Education


Leadership is hard to define but easy to recognize and is found in every facet of life. Leaders themselves range from good to bad, the extremities of which are determined by their character, actions, perception of self, how they are perceived by others and their worldviews. An individual’s values provide the basis for ethical decisions, which makes self-awareness a critical element in the development of one’s leader identity. This article provides an overview of leader identity development and offers ways for leaders to apply ethics in their everyday lives.