Contemporary discussions about the nature of leadership abound. But what constitutes a good leader? Are ethics and leadership even compatible? Accounts of leadership often lie at either end of an ethical spectrum: on one end are accounts that argue ethics are intrinsically linked to leadership; on the other are (Machiavellian) views that deny any such link-intrinsic or extrinsic. Leadership appears to require a normative component of virtue; otherwise 'leadership' amounts to no more than mere power or influence. But are such accounts coherent and justifiable? Approaching a controversial topic, this series of essays tackles key questions from a range of philosophical perspectives, considering the nature of leadership separate from any formal office or role and how it shapes the world we live in.
Jacqueline Boaks studied philosophy at The University of Western Australia, Australia. She is completing her PhD in Philosophy looking at leadership in the areas of ethics, political philosophy and business literature. Michael P. Levine is Winthrop Professor of Philosophy at the University of Western Australia, Australia. His publications include: Politics Most Unusual: Violence, Sovereignty and Democracy in the 'War on Terror' (with Damian Cox and Saul Newman 2009), Prospects for an Ethics of Architecture (with Bill Taylor, 2011) and The 'Katrina Effect' (with Bill Taylor, Oenone Rooksby and Joely-Kym Sobott, Bloomsbury 2015).
1. Preface - Jacqueline Boaks and Michael Levine 2. Foreword - Joanne B. Ciulla (University of Richmond) 3. Introduction: The plurality of leaderships; Leadership and ethics; the essays-Jacqueline Boaks and Michael Levine (University of Western Australia) Just What is the Relationship Between Leadership and Ethics? 4. An Unjust Leader is No Leader - Tom Angier (St Andrews) 5. Rulers, Moralities, and Leadership - Anna Moltchanova (Carleton) 6. Authority and Leadership: the ethical obligations of authority - Sarah Sorial (Wollongong) Some Concerns About Leadership 7. Must Leadership Be Undemocratic? - Jacqueline Boaks (University of Western Australia) 8. Plato's Paradox of Leadership - Damian Cox (Bond University) and Peter Crook (Bond University) 9. The Ethics of Authentic Leadership - Jessica Flanigan (Jepson School) 10. Leadership and Gender: Women's Mandate to Lead - Fiona Jenkins (ANU) Leadership - Applications and Examples 11. Leadership and Stakeholding-Thom Brooks (Durham University) 12. Parents, Children, and Good Leadership: the non-domination of children - Allyn Fives (Galway) 13. Leadership Ethics and Asymmetry- C. Sandis (Oxford Brookes) & N. N. Taleb (NYU Poly & Sorbonne) Bibliography Index
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