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

ISBN 9781138572058
Published November 16, 2017 by Routledge
204 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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


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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.