research product . 2020

How Do Leaders Judge What is a Responsible Course of Action?

Gardiner, Rita A, Ph.D;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Apr 2020
  • Publisher: Scholarship@Western
  • Country: Canada
Abstract
In this chapter, I ask two interrelated questions. First, how do leaders judge what is a responsible course of action? Second, and relatedly, how do others judge what constitutes responsibility in leadership action? The core argument I put forward is that thinking with Hannah Arendt deepens our comprehension of what it might mean to lead responsibly. She encourages us to recognize that leading in a responsible manner is, above all, a judgment call. From an Arendtian perspective, to judge responsibly entails taking the time to reflect upon a decision so as to weigh up the different sides of an argument. Thus, a measured response requires a willingness to approach...
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free text keywords: Arendt, leadership, judgement, responsibility, Education, Leadership Studies
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