What makes an ethical leader?

The Ethical Corporation, publishers of EC Magazine, have just released their annual list of “ethical leaders”. It features:
1) Stuart Rose – Chief executive, iconic UK retailer Marks & Spencer.
2) Lee Scott – Chief executive, Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer.
3) Patrick Cescau – Chief executive, Unilever, the consumer goods giant.
4) Anne Lauvergeon – Chairman of Areva, the French nuclear group.
5) Chris Harrop – Marketing director of Marshalls, the UK stone company.
6) Richard Ellis – Head of corporate social responsibility at Alliance-Boots, the UK-based wholesale and retail pharmacies group.
7) Noel Purcell – General manager of stakeholder communications at Westpac, the Australian bank.
8) Mike Clasper – Former chief executive of BAA, the UK airports operator.
9) Chris Avery – Founder of Business-humanrights.org.
10) Fiona Harvey – Environment correspondent, the Financial Times.
11) Lala Rimando – Business editor, Newsbreak Magazine in Manila, Philippines
12) Christine Loh – Founder and chief executive of Civic Exchange, an independent, non-profit public policy think-tank in Hong Kong
13) Neelie Kroes – European Union competition commissioner
14) Penny Wong – Australian senator and new climate change minister.
15) Bill Clinton – Former US president.

It’s an interesting list and reflects more research than many of this kind of thing. A few questions spring to my mind;
Have you ever worked for one of these folks? What was it like and what did you learn from the experience? If you had to create a similar list, who would feature on it and what would your criteria be?

Best wishes

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