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We don't need more leaders – we need more good leaders. Advancing a virtues-based approach to leader(ship) development

Newstead, TP ORCID: 0000-0003-4678-7593, Dawkins, S ORCID: 0000-0002-4073-6907, Macklin, RB ORCID: 0000-0001-7191-0616 and Martin, Angela ORCID: 0000-0003-0109-1218 2019 , 'We don't need more leaders – we need more good leaders. Advancing a virtues-based approach to leader(ship) development' , The Leadership Quarterly , doi: 10.1016/j.leaqua.2019.101312.

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This conceptual article advances a virtues-based approach to developing good leaders and good leadership. Virtue and discrete virtues are gaining traction within leadership scholarship, but there remains a lack of clarity regarding exactly what virtue is and precisely how virtues inform leadership. To address this, we articulate a clear conceptualization of how virtue informs good leadership in multiple domains. We also elucidate five synergisms of virtues-based leadership development, including how a virtues approach accounts for leadership effectiveness and ethics; how virtue and leadership are both learnable; the relationship between virtues, character, and leadership; the unity and universality of virtue; and how virtue serves as the linchpin between the individual and the common good. Three trajectories for virtues-based leadership development are described. This article hasimplications for the study and practice of developing good leaders(hip). Limitations and future research directions are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Newstead, TP and Dawkins, S and Macklin, RB and Martin, Angela
Keywords: leadership, leadership development, leader development, virtues
Journal or Publication Title: The Leadership Quarterly
Publisher: Elsevier Science Inc
ISSN: 1048-9843
DOI / ID Number: 10.1016/j.leaqua.2019.101312
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