The Leader as Chief Truth Officer: The Ethical Responsibility of “Managing the Truth” in Organizations

  title={The Leader as Chief Truth Officer: The Ethical Responsibility of “Managing the Truth” in Organizations},
  author={Jean-Philippe Bouilloud and Ghislain Deslandes and Guillaume Mercier},
  journal={Journal of Business Ethics},
Our aim is to analyze the position of the leader in relation to the ethical dimension of truth-telling within the organization under his/her control. Based on Michel Foucault’s study of truth-telling, we demonstrate that the role of the leader toward the corporation and the imperative of organizational performance place the leader in an ambiguous position: he/she is obliged to take the lead in “telling the truth” internally and externally, but also to bear the consequences of this “truth… 

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