Paradox and Power in Caring Leadership
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Paradox and Power in Caring Leadership

Critical and Philosophical Reflections

Edited by Leah Tomkins

Why does it matter that our leaders care about us? What might we reasonably expect from a caring leader, and what price are we prepared to pay for it? Is caring leadership something ‘soft’, or can it be linked to strategy and delivery? International scholars from the fields of ancient and modern philosophy, psychology, organization studies and leadership development offer a strikingly original debate on what it means for leaders to care.
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Chapter 16: Caring leadership as radical ontology: Eastern philosophies of non-separation

Vinca Bigo


This chapter explores how the Eastern philosophy of non-duality in the lineage of Advaita Vedanta, a school in Hinduism, and the radical ontology (that is, a conception of the basic structures of reality) of non-separation it sustains, may help further relational understandings of leadership, in particular with respect to the practice of care. We shall see how the Advaita sustains a notion of leadership engaged with sensing, with others, and with non-action in radical and fundamental ways. I examine and challenge three particular dualities or binaries: mind–body, self–other, and action versus non-action.

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