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Leadership vision as a moral duty

Ken Kalala Ndalamba (Economic and Management Sciences, Methodist University of Angola, Luanda, Angola)
Cam Caldwell (Independent Author, Alexandria, Louisiana, USA)
Verl Anderson (School of Business, Dixie State University, St George, Utah, USA)

Journal of Management Development

ISSN: 0262-1711

Article publication date: 9 April 2018




Although much has been written about leadership, the concept of leadership vision is not widely understood, is far more complex than is commonly perceived, and is profoundly ethical in its normative and instrumental nature. The purpose of this paper is to examine the importance of leadership vision, identify seven complex elements, which are key elements of leadership, and identify the importance of leadership vision as a moral duty. Eight testable propositions about leadership vision are presented that address the nature of leadership vision.


This paper begins with an examination of the complex nature of leadership vision. After defining leadership vision, this paper identifies seven key elements and nine propositions that practitioners and scholars can test to assess the nature of that vision. Following the presentation of three significant contributions, this paper concludes with a challenge to practitioners and scholars to closely examine the importance of leadership vision.


This paper invites leaders in today’s complex organizations to refine their leadership vision by honoring the duties they owe to others. The leadership vision strengthens leaders’ capacity to guide and serve their organizations and the people working within them.

Practical implications

This paper assists leaders in their duty to serve their organizations, its stakeholders, and a society that badly needs great leaders with vision, commitment to excellence, and a clear moral compass.


This paper provides three significant implications about leadership vision. It defines leadership vision as a complex and multi-faceted moral duty; it presents eight testable propositions about leadership vision, which have value for both practitioners and scholars; it raises the bar for would-be leaders with regard to the obligations that they have in serving others and in guiding organizations.



Ndalamba, K.K., Caldwell, C. and Anderson, V. (2018), "Leadership vision as a moral duty", Journal of Management Development, Vol. 37 No. 3, pp. 309-319.



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