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Responsible Leadership
Realism and Romanticism

ISBN 9780367340612
Published March 31, 2021 by Routledge
238 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

It is time for the development of a new kind of business leadership. Global needs call for a revision of market capitalism and a move towards moral capitalism; a move "from value to values, from shareholders to stakeholders, and from balance sheets to balanced development" (Kofi Annan).

With the challenge of this transition in mind, this book argues that it is time for a new understanding of leadership, a new romanticism which looks behind the overvalued, heroic leadership notion. The editors explore a romanticized rhetoric and situate it within current discourses of authentic, distributed and ethical leadership, where societal, economic and environmental challenges require us to take a collective lead towards doing good and growing well.

Exploring this dichotomy of romantic ideal and essential requirement, this book combines the insights of leading academics and with those of practitioners in the field. Thought-provoking and engaging it will challenge both thinking and practice, and is essential reading for all those operating or researching in the field of leadership, particularly those who realize the overwhelming challenges of sustainability, and corporate social responsibility which the world now faces.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Responsible leadership - realism and romanticism (Steve Kempster and Brigid Carroll) 2. Mapping the Terrain of Responsible Leadership: Something old, something new, something borrowed, something green (Marian Iszatt-White) 3. From Responsibility to Responsibilities: Towards a theory of co-responsible leadership (Brigid Carroll) 4. This Green Pastoral Landscape: Values, responsible leadership and the romantic imagination (Sarah Lee and Malcolm Higgs) 5. Leadership Responsibility and Calling: The role of calling in a woman’s choice to lead (Susan Madsen) 6. Responsible Leadership: A radical view (Karen Blakeley) 7. Responsible Leadership, Trust, and the Role of HRM (Stefanie Gustafsson and Veronica Hope Hailey) 8. Promoting Responsibility, Purpose, and Romanticism in Business Schools (Ken Parry and Brad Jackson) 9. Developing Responsible Leadership through Discourse Ethics (Steve Kempster, Sarah Gregory, and Emma Watton) 10. Developing ‘Next Generation’ Globally Responsible Leadership: Gen Y perspectives on global responsibility, leadership, and integrity (Sharon Turnbull and Sue Williams) 11. Romanticism, Antimodernism, and a Pluralistic Perspective on Responsible Leadership (Eric Guthey)

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Steve Kempster is Professor and Director of Leadership Development at Lancaster University Management School. Prior to returning to Lancaster in September 2012, Steve was MBA Programmes Director at Birmingham University Business School and before that Associate Dean and Head of the University of Cumbria Business School. Steve had previously worked at Lancaster University Management School from 1992 – 2008 and during this period he was Module Director of the International Masters in Practising Management (IMPM), Director of the Leadership Centre, Director of the Northern Leadership Academy and Director of the Lancaster Full-time MBA. Steve is on the governing Board of the International Association of Leadership and the Committee of the Leadership and Leadership Development SIG of the British Academy of Management.

Brigid Carroll is Associate Professor in the Department of Management and International Business and the Director of Research and a lead facilitator at the New Zealand Leadership Institute, both at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Dr Carroll teaches organization theory, critical organization issues and leadership to undergraduates and postgraduates and designs, delivers and researches leadership to a range of sector and professional groups. Her research interests lie primarily with identity work, discourse and narrative theory, critical leadership theory and practice in contemporary organizations. Her work has been published in Organization Studies, Organization, Human Relations, Management Communication Quarterly and Leadership.


'This book offers a seminal contribution to demystify responsible leadership. It succeeds in taking the reader on a colourful journey of discovery, allowing one to gain insights from a rich pallet of diverse views and more importantly leaves one with the realisation that the responsible leadership journey has only started. If you want to participate on this journey, I suggest you make this book your starting point.' - Derick de Jongh, Professor, University of Pretoria, South Africa

'From enticing start to compelling finish, this is a book of broad and profound intellectual power. The authors - all people who know what they are talking about - inspire us with romantic hope and caution us with sceptical realism. In between, they allow space for careful, thoughtful understanding of responsibility in contemporary leadership. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone concerned with the predicaments of modern organising, activism and governance.' - Jonathan Gosling, Emeritus Professor, University of Exeter, UK

'The action learning community and readership of this journal may feel validated and included through many of the chapters of the book and their messages concerning the collective nature of leadership, challenges of embracing the requirements of multiple stakeholders, setting ethical agendas, the importance of developing human capacity and the need to build trust. Other fundamentals of responsible leadership are about the need for reflection and critical thinking. For those interested in understanding responsible leadership and contention around it, this book is a must read.' - Dr Taposh Roy, Action Learning: Research and Practice