Leadership and Coherence investigates how leaders justify their decisions, and how they bring about coherence amongst followers. Taking a cognitive approach, it builds on the work of Hannah Arendt to attempt a phenomenology of judgment, examining how the moral imperative experienced by leaders can be shared by their community so both leader and led are guided by a mutual purpose.
Through biographical case studies of historical leaders, this book illustrates how successful leaders operate in a turbulent world, not only making their own decisions but also gathering likeminded followers to share in a common vision and shared sense of purpose.
Nathan W. Harter is Professor of Leadership and American Studies at Christopher Newport University, USA.
Chapter 1 Circumscribing the field Chapter 2 Locating the center Chapter 3 The framework for this investigation Chapter 4 From "it" to "you" to "us" Chapter 5 Cameron finds himself transfixed by "A Sunday Afternoon on The Island of La Grande Jatte" Chapter 6 The Shattering Chapter 7 The persuasions of Socrates Chapter 8 The purposes of Abraham Lincoln Chapter 9 Jan Patocka and pneumopathology Chapter 10 Transcendence or a Romantic delusion...or worse?