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 17: Care without leaders: the collective powers of affective leadership

Iain Munro and Torkild Thanem


In this chapter we articulate a concept of affective leadership based on the capacity to increase our collective powers of action. We show how leaderless movements and organizations can foster their participants’ powers of action by cultivating active affects which are independent of individual leaders. Although the effectiveness of leaderless organizations and movements has already been subject to some discussion, the present chapter explains their power in terms of their ethical and affective constitution, revealing the possible intertwining of care and justice without leaders.

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