Affirmation and Creation - How to Lead Ethical

Finn Janning


<!-- /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-unhide:no; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; margin:0cm; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:DA; mso-fareast-language:EN-US;} .MsoChpDefault {mso-style-type:export-only; mso-default-props:yes; font-size:10.0pt; mso-ansi-font-size:10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt;} @page WordSection1 {size:612.0pt 792.0pt; margin:70.85pt 3.0cm 70.85pt 3.0cm; mso-header-margin:36.0pt; mso-footer-margin:36.0pt; mso-paper-source:0;} div.WordSection1 {page:WordSection1;} --> This paper proposes an alternative approach towards leading ethical. 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 ethic that might serve as a guide for leaders – especially leaders who are leading employees who are able to direct themselves. Using the Chilean writer Roberto Bolaño as point 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, however, requires a leadership approach that plays a both courageous and imaginative role in liberating its workforce. Last, I develop a frame, which provides the constituent principles for leading towards an ethical organization.


Leadership; Ethic; Freedom; Courage; Imagination; Intuition

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