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date: 16 December 2019

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The concept of responsible leadership has commanded increased attention in recent years. Indeed, as evidenced in corporate scandals and polling information, irresponsibility on the part of people in leadership positions is an area of growing concern to the greater public and policy makers. In addition, responsibility is an issue that is being increasingly addressed by leadership scholars in terms of linking organizational leadership to social issues and corporate social responsibility (CSR). The chapter begins with a consideration of various societal and academic trends that have led to the need to more precisely consider the concept of responsible leadership. The chapter then presents an overview of alternative definitions of responsible leadership, connections with other leadership topics or models, existing research on responsible leadership, and future theory development and research agendas.

Keywords: Leadership, responsible leadership, corporate social responsibility, social issues

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