Pathway to responsible leadership

Rose, Dennis and Gordon, Ray and Hattingh, Waldo (2010) Pathway to responsible leadership. In: 1st International Conference in Responsible Leadership: The Next Generation Responsible Leaders, 18-20 May 2010, Pretoria, South Africa.

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Despite the many publicised examples of self-serving and even incompetent leaders, corporate leaders generally do have the best interests of those they represent at heart and use the tools and abilities available to them to respond to environmental challenges, create meaning for employees and harness the energy of others. However, the rate and scope of change, the challenges posed by persistent and worsening social, health, economic and environmental conditions, exacerbated by geopolitical and structural constraints, present a level of complexity that defies simple analyses and, therefore, may impact negatively on appropriate leader responses. Leadership and change management must be supported by all parts of the organisation working together harmoniously. We argue that responsible leadership needs to focus on the strategic alignment and fit of the leader against overarching global goals, and adopt an expanded view of leadership that shares responsibility without diluting accountability. We further argue that a broader framework is required than sustainability, one that begins by recognising the totality of global resources as a zero sum equation with finite resources and unequal distribution. This paper suggests that the emerging area of 'distributed leadership' may be a pathway to realising responsible leadership.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: No evidence of copyright restrictions.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - School of Management and Marketing
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2010 01:25
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2014 05:25
Uncontrolled Keywords: corporate leadership; change management; responsible leadership; distributed leadership
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170107 Industrial and Organisational Psychology
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150303 Corporate Governance and Stakeholder Engagement
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150399 Business and Management not elsewhere classified
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150312 Organisational Planning and Management
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services

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