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Leadership Matters Finding Voice, Connection and Meaning in the 21st Century

Edited By Chris Mabey, David Knights Copyright 2018
    204 Pages
    by Routledge

    204 Pages
    by Routledge

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    In recent years we have seen what could be described as a moral meltdown in the corporate corridors of power. Few sectors have escaped high profile scandals, with public officials and leaders guilty of malpractice, duplicity, fraud and corporate malfeasance. Conventional leadership theories appear to be inadequate to equip those with power to act ethically and responsibly. At a more macro level, many of the social and environmental problems we face in the 21st century could in fact, be described as spiritual in nature, rooted in a flawed human condition.

    Leadership Matters brings together an eclectic mix of authors of different faith traditions, to explore what this spiritual and cultural transformation might look like. For too long we have relied on external codes of conduct, which are, at best, blunt instruments for creating ethical practice. So, chapter by chapter, this book examines our interior lives from the perspective of mind, body and soul.

    The unashamed premise of this book is that true and influential leadership comes from the inside with each chapter presenting what it means to lead respectfully, critically, responsibly and humbly in the gritty reality of the twenty first century workplace. This volume will be of keen interest to academics and practitioners in the field of leadership and the related disciplines.

    1. Introduction: "Leadership Matters?"

    David Knights and Chris Mabey

    Part 1: Voice: Is Leadership All in The Mind?

    2. The Mindful-Promise: Leading with Integrity for a Sustainable Future

    Sally Jeanrenaud and Jean-Paul Jeanrenaud

    3. Can Ethical Leadership be Developed?

    Chris Mabey

    4. The Promise and Perils of Corporate Mindfulness

    Ronald E. Purser, Edwin Ng and Zack Walsh


    Self-Discovery through Transcendental Meditation and Spiritual Leadership

    Simon Mitchell

    Culture Inversion Meets Ethical Leadership

    Sara de Marco

    Part 2: Connection: Where Is Leadership In The Mundane?

    5. What’s more effective than affective leadership? Searching for embodiment in leadership research and practice

    David Knights

    6.  An Ethic of Care: Reconnecting the Private and the Public

    Leah Tomkins and Peter Simpson

    7. Leading when using other words: reconnecting leadership to language

    Hugo Gaggiotti

    8. From great to good enough: reconnecting leadership to the ordinary

    Tim Harle


    "You don’t think you can make a difference, do you?" – Keeping Integrity as a Middle Manager

    Clare Rigg

    Dotty’s Kitchen

    Catherine Turner-Perrott

    Part 3: Meaning: Has Leadership Lost It’s Soul

    9. Reclaiming our Organizations through Collective Responsible Leadership

    Karen Blakeley

    12. Creating Value

    Andrew Henley

    11. Leadership development and the cultivation of practical wisdom

    Mervyn Conroy, Catherine Hale and Chris Turner


    How Can We Be Fully Human at Work?

    Phil Jackman



    Chris Mabey is a Chartered Psychologist and Professor of Leadership at Middlesex University Business School, UK. He has held a career-long interest in leadership development as a counsellor for a Christian charity, as an occupational psychologist for British Telecom, a management trainer at Rank Xerox and as a consultant to a wide range of private and public sector organizations.

    David Knights is Professor in the Department of Organization, Work and Technology in Lancaster University Management School, UK. His research interests are broadly in the area of Organization Studies and Management with a particular interest in leadership, power and identity, gender and diversity, the body and ethics. His current research has been on academics and business schools, the global financial crisis, the body and embodiment and most recently, on veterinary surgeons.