Why Leaders Fail in Introducing Values-Based Leadership? An Elaboration of Feasible Steps, Challenges, and Suggestions for Practitioners

Olli-Pekka Viinamäki


The recent debate on modernizing leadership and organizations has placed a strong emphasis on values and
ethics. This article elaborates on the benefits and challenges in the integration of values into leadership actions,
most notably in regards to appraisals of Values-Based Leadership (VBL). The article contributes to a more
specified understanding of the interrelation of stages in the VBL and the pitfalls in each step. A key argument is
that if the critical issues and challenges in the introduction of the VBL are not identified, this would lead to
unintended consequences in organizations, such as insignificant value-statements, inappropriate use of values,
and illegitimate leadership practice. Contrary to many developmental suggestions of more virtuous and ethical or
values-based leadership qualities, this article proposes leadership actions for leaders to undertake an effective,
sound, and sustainablevalues-based leadership practices.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5539/ijbm.v7n9p28

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