Rethinking Leadership
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Rethinking Leadership

A New Look at Old Questions, Second Edition

Donna Ladkin

This thoroughly revised and extended second edition of Rethinking Leadership offers an entirely new approach to understanding leadership as a lived experience rather than a checklist of traits or behaviors. Alongside selected expert contributors, Donna Ladkin makes complex ideas accessible by illustrating them with practical examples drawn from a broad experience of both academic leadership and management across a range of commercial, political and not-for-profit organizations.
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Chapter 9: How can individuals take up the leader role wisely?

Donna Ladkin


This chapter offers three philosophically based approaches for developing the wisdom necessary to lead ethically. The first is Heidegger’s notion of ‘dwelling’ which involves really staying with issues and becoming sensitive to their complexities before rushing to find a solution. The second involves engaging a hermeneutic approach which seeks to understand how smaller aspects of a situation relate to its entirety. The third requires developing an aesthetic sensibility which alerts one to issues of balance and harmony. A case of a UK-based financial services firm is introduced to illustrate how these ideas can inform practical ethical dilemmas.

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