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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]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.leaqua.2019.101312


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.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:leadership, leadership development, leader development, virtues
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Strategy, management and organisational behaviour
Research Field:Organisation and management theory
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Ethics
Objective Field:Workplace and organisational ethics (excl. business ethics)
UTAS Author:Newstead, T (Dr Toby Newstead)
UTAS Author:Dawkins, S (Dr Sarah Dawkins)
UTAS Author:Macklin, RB (Dr Rob Macklin)
UTAS Author:Martin, A (Professor Angela Martin)
ID Code:135327
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:TSBE
Deposited On:2019-10-14
Last Modified:2020-07-27
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