Ethical leadership for sustainable development in developing countries


  • Nyangena Emily St Paul's University, Kenya
  • Protus Akujah St Paul's University, Kenya
  • Patrick Okanga St Paul's University, Kenya


ethical leadership, sustainable development, third world countries


The study was intended to investigate how ethical leadership is a crucial ingredient in achieving sustainable development in third world countries. Sustainability leadership entails mindful actions and behaviours which embrace a global perspective to recognise the link between earth and humanity. Hence, through personal and organisational choices, a leader is expected to affect positive environmental and social change.  Sustainable leaders are rare today, and this is the reason why this study focuses on how sustainable leadership will act as a force towards sustainable development more especially for developing countries. This study concentrated purely on secondary sources of information. It described, summarised and discussed information initially presented in other academic publications sources like textbooks, journal articles, book reviews, commentaries, eBooks, etc. The study came into a conclusion that sustainable leadership is essential for sustainable development of a society. Nurturing an ethical leader is essential and will determine the transformation speed in overall development. It is collectively agreeable that resources are numerous, but leadership styles have been a letdown in many societies due to the plundering of public resources. There is a lack of public inclusivity in decision making. What society lacks most is moral leadership. This is the missing link in the sustainable development agenda.


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Emily, N., Akujah, P., & Okanga, . P. (2019). Ethical leadership for sustainable development in developing countries. Editon Consortium Journal of Arts, Humanities and Social Studies, 1(1), 1–10.