Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 88, Issue 1, pp 3–4 | Cite as

Leadership and the Ethics of Care

  • Joanne B. Ciulla


The job of a leader includes caring for others, or taking responsibility for them. All leaders face the challenge of how to be both ethical and effective in their work. This paper focuses on the requirement that leaders be present to care for their followers in times of crisis. It examines the story of Nero playing his fiddle while Rome burns. This is a tale that has been repeated in various forms by ancient historians and modern writers. The fact that the story gets repeated through the ages tells us about the kind of care that people expect from their leaders.


care crisis duty leadership ethics leaders’ presence Nero 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Jepson School of Leadership StudiesUniversity of RichmondVirginiaU.S.A.

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