There are several qualities that define an ethical leader. Some are more transparent others. Recognizing the best qualities of a leader is what compels one to admire and follow that leader, yet not all of these leaders are moral or ethical. To describe an ethical leader, one must first define what a leader is. Leaders have the ability to influence and motivate either a single person or group in order to achieve a goal or accomplish a task. When values or ideals are upheld by the leader, then they become a model ethical leader.
The way one interprets leadership is not only formed by the world one lives in, but by the different situations one faces. With the world rapidly changing, the way one views a leader is changing as well. Several famous, well-known, individuals are thought of when one thinks of leadership. Oskar Schindler, a man who surrendered his reputation and money; who risked his own life in order to save lives of a people deemed his enemy is the perfect example of what an ethical leader is. A man, laden with faults and bad luck, rose above what was normal and did what was right.
Oskar Schindler, recognizing the undeniable and horrific intentions of the Nazi Party, rebelled against the appalling acts that the Nazis committed during the Holocaust of World War II. He donated his entire income to save as many Jews as he could, experiencing greater achievement and prosperity compared to his failed business attempts as a factory owner. Due to his heroic actions, Schindler saved over 1,000 Jews from certain death. 1 His bravery warrants praise for having risked everything dear to him, even his own life, in order to save those hated most. Schindler is an admired and ethical leader, but what makes him this way? Within this paper, we will analyze and discuss not only who Schindler was, but his motivation to save so many Jews, and, most importantly, what defines success in an ethical...