Tamara: Journal for Critical Organization Inquiry

Affirmation and Creation – How to lead ethically

Janning, Finn

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Abstract

This paper proposes an alternative approach towards ethical leadership. Recent research tells us that socioeconomic and cultural differences affect moral intuition, making it difficult to locate a guiding organizational principle. Nevertheless, in this paper I attempt to open an alternative path towards an ethics that might serve as a guide for leaders – especially leaders who are leading a highly professionalized workforce. Using the Chilean writer Roberto Bolaño and the French philosopher Gilles Deleuze as points of reference, I develop an ethical form of leadership that is based on a continuous ‘poetic’ dialogue between creation and affirmation. The nature of this dialogue requires a leadership approach that plays both a courageous and imaginative role in liberating its workforce. Last, I develop a frame which provides the constituent principles of leading in the direction of an ethical organization.

Metadata

Journal Tamara: Journal for Critical Organization Inquiry 
Volume 12 
Issue 3 
Issue date 2014 
Type Article 
Language en
Pagination 25-35
ISSN 1532-5555