The Scott/Harker Model of ethical leadership in the light of an African understanding of human existence

Martin Prozesky

Abstract


Australian business consultant Ted Scott and his colleague, psychologist Phil Harker, have developed a model of ethical leadership in the workplace, involving two basic and contrasting styles of business leadership. Given their location in a wealthy, Western-type society, their model, which this paper describes, generates the following question: Does the model also have validity for Africans in southern Africa? To answer this question, the paper gives a profile of a widely held, traditional African view of human existence and correlates it with the Scott/ Harker model. This leads to the conclusion that the Scott/ Harker model is well suited to the challenges facing African business leaders. 


Keywords


ethical business leadership; Ubuntu; African ethics

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.15249/4-1-60

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