1st Edition

Philosophy and Leadership

By Antonio Marturano Copyright 2025
    132 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The birth of philosophical thought across the ancient world brought with it a keen interest in the study of leadership - reflections on who should lead and on how to create the best leadership structures became central to the debates of most prominent ancient philosophers.

    Philosophy and Leadership offers a panorama of the main philosophies, both ancient and modern, which form the basis of contemporary leadership theories. This book will draw on many philosophical positions to offer a critique of the most important nodes of modern leadership studies – such as ethics, purpose, meaning and legacy. It will include probing questions and theoretical as well practical exercises aimed at reinforcing the points discussed in each chapter, as well as examples from history, literature, films and music.

    This book will be invaluable reading for scholars on undergraduate and postgraduate leadership courses, as well as those studying philosophy, leadership ethics and business ethics, and responsible leadership.

    Introduction. Why Philosophy, Why Leadership


    Part One. At the Beginning it was Philosophy


    Part Two. Ancient Western Conceptions of Leadership: Plato and Aristotle


    Part Three. The Great Man Theory: The Idealist Roots of Traits Theory


    Part Four. Aesthetics of Leadership: Perception, Semiotics and Charisma


    Part Five. Transforming and Transactional Leadership: The Ethical Focus


    Antonio Marturano is adjunct professor of philosophy of leadership at the Dept. of History, Cultural Heritage, Education and Society, University of Rome, Tor Vergata.