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John G. Cullen
International Studying Leadership Conference
International Studying Leadership Conference
Lancaster University
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This paper discusses the concept of the ‘Moral Injury’ (hereafter MI) in relation to the emergence of a form of ethical leadership where leaders traverse their own values or ethical frameworks subsequently undergo personal change that produces social goods for their organisations and external stakeholders. The concept of the MI originated in the work of the psychiatrist Johnathan Shay (1994, 2002, 2014) who treated armed service personnel traumatised by experiences where either they, or their leaders, violated their values. Until recently, MIs have been primarily studied in the context of military psychology. The concept of the MI draws heavily on the impact of leaders on follower, and as such, has the potential to open up new avenues of understanding of a leaders ‘power’ to enable significant personal, organizational and social change.