Leadership Styles, Dialogue, and Ethics

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Date: 13 July 2016
Venue: Room 4C02, Frenchay Campus
Time: 14:30 - 16:00


The thesis of this presentation is that Bohmian dialogue suits both democratic / participatory and coaching styles of leadership (Goleman, 2000) by supporting their aims in the full sense. His aim was to overcome the isolation and fragmentation prevalent in contemporary societies and, according to him, a major obstacle for solving acute local and global problems.

The notion of democracy underlying Bohmian dialogue, however, differs essentially from the classical political ideal of democratic decision-making by vote on the basis of speeches, as described by Aristotle in his Rhetoric. As for the moral respect, I argue firstly that dialogue is an ethical form of communication in the Deweyan (1920, 1932, Alhanen 2013) sense by enhancing the participants' skills in moral reasoning.

To retain the dialogical atmosphere of the team / organisation, I suggest that leaders should follow the principle of reciprocal justification which means that when the leader's decision deviates from the opinions of the followers, he / she should explain the reasons for the decision (Blachowicz 1997, Lilja 2005).

Speaker bio

Marja-Liisa Kakkuri-Knuuttila is emerita professor of philosophy of management at Aalto University School of Business (Helsinki, Finland). She has a long-standing interest in the practical relevance of philosophy of management. She has taught various topics in philosophy, including logic, rhetoric and debate, history of philosophy, feminist philosophy, and philosophy of science.

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Cost: Free
Contact: Tessa Wright
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