In his book David Pardey tells us that the key aspects of ethics in leadership are honesty, integrity, equity and fairness. The worst leaders are those who hide from the truth of their actions and only listen to those who tell them what they want to hear. Effective leaders welcome the truth, however unpleasant it is, and admit when they are going the wrong way. So, decoupling the key aspects of ethics in leadership from the application of leadership traits is a bad idea.
Another interesting thing brought forward by David Pardey is that some extremes of personality may prevent someone from being an effective leader. I want to add to this that this latter is especially true when the mentioned key aspects of ethics in leadership are abcent. I agree with the statement of Pardey that Leaders should try to understand the motivational drivers that shape their behavior and that they should be aware of their own and others’ emotions and behave in ways that ensures that they encourage the kind of emotional response in others that will produce the desired outcomes. This can not be done, in my opinion, without these key aspects of ethics in leadership.
Pardey, D 2007, Introducing Leadership, 1 st edn, Butterworth-Heinemann, Burlington.