Utilitarianism and Deontologism As Moral Cynosures for Leadership: An Examination

International Journal of Integrative Humanism Vol. 10 No. 1, November 2018.
ISSN: 2026 – 6286

Christopher Alexander Udofia and Inameti Lawrence Udo

Abstract
This research with the caption, “Utilitarianism and Deontologism as Moral Cynosures for Leadership: An Examination” was initiated by the observation of the fact that leadership and morality are intricately connected hence a good or bad moral framework will consequently impact positively or negatively on leadership and its attendant actions. Therefore, this work aims to articulate the moral principles enunciated by the two ethical orientations so that they could constitute the underlying cynosure for determining good from bad leadership actions.
In this light, the work will fulfil the objective of providing a sort of moral compass for all and for leaders specifically. The methods of analysis and criticism were adopted to x-ray and critique the moral tenets of the two ethical schools of thought. The work concluded that a synthesis of the strengths of the moral tenets of the two ethical orientations will equip an individual with a holistic normative framework for leading in a morally upright manner.

Key Words: Utilitarianism, Deontologism, Leadership, Cynosure, Categorical Imperative.

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