Critical and Philosophical Reflections
Edited by Leah Tomkins
Chapter 14: Educating caring leaders: a paradox of collective uniqueness
The chapter explores how we might educate caring leaders and the associated challenges and possibilities. We position leadership and caring as interwoven and a way of being in relation to others, rather than as a set of practices or techniques. Caring is thus created and expressed every day in our relationships, conversations and interactions with others. We highlight three paradoxes of how care and relational leadership are theorised, practised and taught, which emerge from crucial differences in the leadership literature around how relationality is construed. Based on our experience of teaching relational leadership courses and on student feedback, we explore the implications for educating caring leaders. We argue that educating leaders to be caring involves being a caring educator, which means caring for students, facilitating open dialogue, and creating a caring community in the classroom.
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