Mao Zedong : Was he an ethical leader?

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Q. Analyze a given leader and come to a conclusion if he was ethical or not.

Ethical Leadership is empowering other to achieve legitimate organizational goals while balancing the welfare of the individual with the needs and requirements of the group; ethical leadership arises from the balance of legitimate authority and moral virtue: courage, wisdom, moderation and justice. Orphan

"Chairman" Mao

Mao Zedong ( Mao Tse Dung) was in 1949, elected the chairman of the Chinese Communist Party ( CCP) and the leader of the newly established People's Republic of China. He revealed his plans in 1958, when he introduced "The Great Leap Forward" to the Chinese population, and the goal was to modernize China's economy so that by 1988, it could rival the USA. The beginning of this project was good but in the second year results weakened until finally it turned into catastrophic event in which 40 million people died.

Mao Zedong was not an ethical leader and he couldn't be an appropriate ethical leadership role model for Culver. He gained legitimate and expert authority from the people who believed that he was a competent leader who could help China. However Mao's leadership was mostly based on different types of abuses of authority. Mao used intimidation to frighten the people so they would follow him, and he did that by ordering public executions and by torturing his opponents. He also created Maoism, which was a mixture of Marxism and his own thought which he regarded as "divine". This meant using another form of abuse, conformity, which Mao used during his reign. At the end of the 1950's about 700 million people had been placed in more than 25,000 communes which meant that they had to give up all of their tools, land and other property. By doing...