We don't need more leaders – we need more good leaders. Advancing a virtues-based approach to leader(ship) development
Newstead, T and Dawkins, S and Macklin, RB and Martin, A, We don't need more leaders - we need more good leaders. Advancing a virtues-based approach to leader(ship) development, The Leadership Quarterly Article 101312. ISSN 1048-9843 (2019) [Refereed Article]
This conceptual article advances a virtues-based approach to developing good leaders and good leadership. Virtue and discrete virtues are gaining traction within leadership scholarship, but there remains a lack of clarity regarding exactly what virtue is and precisely how virtues inform leadership. To address this, we articulate a clear conceptualization of how virtue informs good leadership in multiple domains. We also elucidate five synergisms of virtues-based leadership development, including how a virtues approach accounts for leadership effectiveness and ethics; how virtue and leadership are both learnable; the relationship between virtues, character, and leadership; the unity and universality of virtue; and how virtue serves as the linchpin between the individual and the common good. Three trajectories for virtues-based leadership development are described. This article has
implications for the study and practice of developing good leaders(hip). Limitations and future research directions are discussed.