Quotation Waldman, David, Siegel, Donald, Stahl, Günter. 2020. Defining the Socially Responsible Leader: Revisiting Issues in Responsible Leadership. Journal of Leadership & Organizational Studies. 27 (1), 5-20.




We renew an exchange of letters from 2008 regarding the meaning of responsible leadership, which applies to senior executives of firms as they attempt to engage in corporate social responsibility. An interesting aspect to this discussion is that, depending on one’s theoretical perspective, responsible leadership can be defined in multiple, somewhat disparate ways. We use the terms strategist versus integrator to characterize the most common delineation of responsible leader orientations. While the strategist orientation implies the planning and use of corporate social responsibility initiatives for the direct targeting of return on investment, the integrator orientation involves senior leaders’ use of corporate social responsibility to serve the interests of a range of corporate stakeholders. Although a divergence of opinion is expressed in our letters, we concur in our conclusion that more research is necessary to better understand these diverse orientations and their effects on organizations.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Journal of Leadership & Organizational Studies
Citation Index SSCI
Language English
Title Defining the Socially Responsible Leader: Revisiting Issues in Responsible Leadership
Volume 27
Number 1
Year 2020
Page from 5
Page to 20
Reviewed? Y
URL https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1548051819872201
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/1548051819872201
Open Access N


Stahl, Günter (Details)
Siegel, Donald (Arizona State University, United States/USA)
Waldman, David (Arizona State University, United States/USA)
Institute for International Business (Stahl) (Details)
Competence Center for Sustainability Transformation and Responsibility WE (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5300 Economics (Details)
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