Philosophy of leadership

Case, Peter, French, Robert, and Simpson, Peter (2011) Philosophy of leadership. In: Bryman, Alan, Collinson, David, Grint, Keith, Jackson, Brad, and Uhl-Bien, Mary, (eds.) The SAGE Handbook of Leadership. Sage, London, UK, pp. 242-254.

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We do not intend this chapter to be simply a dry chronicle or catalogue of leadership philosophies. For one thing, even were such an audacious project pursued, it would doubtless prove to be more than anyone could possibly accomplish in a lifetime and, for certain, could not be confined to an 8,000-word chapter. More productive, we suggest, is the task of doing philosophy of leadership. But what exactly might that 'doing' entail? At least four strategies of enquiry suggest themselves: (1) to consider the explicit and implicit philosophies informing contemporary leadership studies; (2) to examine the semantics and meaning- in-use of the terms 'lead', 'leader', 'leadership' and their putative relationship to 'philosophy'; (3) to consider the explicit and implicit philosophies of leadership that may be discovered through an examination of the history of ideas pertaining broadly to 'leadership'; and (4) to suggest ways in which 'leadership philosophy', in contrast to 'philosophy of leadership', might be developed. Each of these four strategies, moreover, reveals a set of problematics and enables the establishment of some general parameters for the philosophical study and practice of leadership.

Item ID: 20314
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-84860-146-8
Keywords: leadership, leadership philosophy, virtue ethics, critical management studies
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2012 04:05
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