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CHAPTER XVII: THE NATURE OF EXECUTIVE RESPONSIBILITY.

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      This chapter of the book "The Functions of the Executive," by Chester I. Barnard (1938), considers the moral factor in organization, focused in its aspects of leadership and executive responsibility. Barnard explains what he means by moral character of persons and the nature of personal responsibility. Barnard writes that responsibility is the property of an individual by which whatever morality exists in him becomes effective in conduct. He also notes certain characteristic differences in the morals, responsibility, and moral status of individuals. This leads to some significant differences between the moral positions of individuals as affected by the executive functions. Lastly, Barnard considers the creative aspect of executive responsibility as the highest expression of responsibility.