1st Edition

Leadership and Virtues Understanding and Practicing Good Leadership

Edited By Toby P. Newstead, Ronald E. Riggio Copyright 2023
    286 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    286 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Good leadership is something every leader and organization should strive towards. This book serves as a pivotal resource in encouraging the understanding and practice of leadership and highlights how good leadership is anchored in the rich philosophy and science of virtue. Through a diverse range of perspectives, the book highlights the importance of leading with virtue, unpacks what it means to be a virtuous leader, and outlines practical strategies for developing and practicing good leadership.

    Taking a virtues perspective, this cohesive collection of chapters by scholars from around the globe offers an inclusive tone and speaks to practicing and aspiring leaders worldwide. Readers are provided with a nuanced account of the nature of virtues and leadership and how the two interact on multiple levels and in multiple ways to inform the practice of good leadership. Focusing on the tradition of virtue gives this collection a robust scholarly foundation, while simultaneously providing scope for diverse views on how and why virtues inform good leadership. The book offers a balance of scholarly and practice-oriented chapters, instilling readers with a deep understanding of virtues and leadership, and practical strategies to develop their practice of good and virtuous leadership. Each chapter offers a different moral and sociological insight, serving altogether to show readers the most effective ways to use virtues to promote shared well-being and collective success.

    Scholars, students of leadership and management, and leadership practitioners will benefit from the accessible and practical lessons this book has to offer. This volume will also be of interest to team leaders and managers who are keen to develop their leadership skills in both practice and theory.


    List of Contributors

    Series Editor Foreword


    Toby P. Newstead and Ronald E. Riggio

    Section 1: Foundations

    1. Moral Virtues: Philosophical Origins and Contemporary Understandings

    Gordon Wang and Rick Hackett

    2. Leadership and Intellectual Virtues

    Chris Smith and Mitch Parsell

    3. The Virtue of Leadership

    Terry L. Price

    4. The Virtues of Political Leaders: Insights from Plutarch

    Nancy E. Snow

    Section 2: Virtues in Leadership Theory

    5. How Practical Wisdom Enables Transformational and Authentic Leadership

    Ignacio Ferrero, Massimiliano M. Pellegrini, Elizabeth Reichert and Marta Rocchi

    6. Contagious and Constructive Virtue Within the Workplace

    Mitchell J. Neubert

    7. Leaders as Virtuous Stewards: A Call for Servant Leadership

    Garrett W. Potts and Ryan P. Quandt

    Section 3: Processes Involved in Leading with Virtue(s)

    8. How Wise Leaders Deal with Complex Decisions

    Bernard Mckenna

    9. Virtuous Influence Practices: How Do Virtue-based Leaders Influence Followers?

    Joseph Crawford

    10. Leading with Compassion: How Compassion can Enrich Healthcare Leadership in a Post-COVID-19 World

    George Gotsis

    Section 4: Indigenous Perspectives

    11. The Leadership Virtues of Aboriginal women in Australia

    Ree Jordon and Sharlene Leroy-Dyer

    12. Virtues: Original Teachings and Leadership

    Michael Lickers and Lorelei Higgins Parker

    Section 5: Developing Virtues

    13. Virtuous and Vicious Possible Selves: The Pinwheel Model of Leader Character

    Denise Potosky, John J. Sosik, Ziya Ete, and Weichun Zhu

    14. The Practice of Developing Leader Character to Elevate Judgment

    Corey Crossan and Mary Crossan

    15. The Virtues Project: Five Strategies for Inspiring Leadership Linda Kavelin-Popov, David Feldman, and Dara Feldman



    Toby P. Newstead, Ph.D., is a leadership scholar at the University of Tasmania, Tasmania, Australia.

    Ronald E. Riggio, Ph.D., is the Henry R. Kravis Professor of Leadership and Organizational Psychology at Claremont McKenna College, California, USA.

    "We are living in challenging times where virtue in leadership is badly needed around the world. If you are looking for an up-to-date volume with broad coverage on this important topic, look no further than this edited book. It’s sure to find a central place in our knowledge about effective and virtuous leadership, scholarship and practice."

    Charles C. Manz, Nirenberg Professor of Leadership, University of Massachusetts, USA; co-editor of The Virtuous Organization and co-author of The Wisdom of Solomon at Work and Self-Leadership

    "This book looks at leadership through the lens of virtues. It takes you on a historical journey connecting the works of classical philosophy with contemporary leadership. You will travel throughout the world exploring multiple perspectives from many countries and cultures. It is an extraordinary journey worth taking."

    Cynthia Cherrey, President, International Leadership Association, USA