Field Guide to Leadership Development
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Field Guide to Leadership Development

Edited by Steve Kempster, Arthur F. Turner and Gareth Edwards

This Field Guide offers a rich variety of academic approaches to facilitate leadership development in adults. It is an invaluable resource, giving insightful worked examples linked to theory and reflective commentary. The extensive experiences of world leading exponents of leadership development are distilled into practical application for immediate use. 
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Chapter 6: Leadership development using the poetic voice of care ethics

Andrew Armitage

Abstract

Morgan (2010) in What Poetry Brings to Business explores the deep but unexpected connections between business and poetry, and the emotional power, and communicative complexity that poetry brings to organisations. In order address innovation and problem solving, allowing leaders to deal with organisational complexity in a more creative manner, and also providing them with the ability to empathise with and understand the thoughts and feelings of others. Poetry can thus facilitating the develop of imaginative solutions, and dealing with chaotic environments. Poetry empowers individuals to carefully attend to context and settings, and offer a route to explore and challenge established truths, and the hidden worlds of leadership that often go unsaid in the milieu of normal conversation. As such, this chapter seeks to develop the use of poetry in leadership development programmes as a stimulus for reflexive dialogue in order to examine leadership practice with particular attention to care ethics.

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