Institutions of integrity and the integrity of institutions
Many development problems are attributed to a lack of ‘ethical leadership’ or ‘integrity in leadership’. But what is ‘ethical leadership’? What is ‘developmental integrity’? How is it achieved and sustained?
This study draws on a multi-disciplinary review of the literature on leadership, ethics, integrity and institutions. It argues that integrity and ethical leadership for development is not simply a matter of defining and enforcing codes of conduct (or of combating corruption). Instead, developmental integrity arises from the interaction of:
individual integrity (i.e. the moral choices of individuals);
institutions of integrity (the moral ‘codes’ and norms of behaviour, including legal rules); and
the integrity of institutions (institutions that are coherent, perceived as legitimate and that effectively promote development).
Researchers: Eduard Grebe and Minka Woermann