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The Good Manager: An archetypical quest for morally sustainable leadership

Kociatkiewicz, Jerzy and Kostera, Monika (2012) 'The Good Manager: An archetypical quest for morally sustainable leadership.' Organization Studies. ISSN 0170-8406 (In Press)

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Abstract

This paper explores the potential for morally sustainable leadership, i.e., leadership with an awareness of both light and dark sides contained in the role of the leader, as symbolized by the archetype of the king. A narrative enquiry aiming at the study of fictive stories authored by management theorists and practitioners from different contexts, interweaving collective individual elements, brings to light how issues of leadership goodness are related to each other and to other themes. The stories are presented as archetypical tales, that is, stories that touch profound aspects of culture and the psyche. They reveal what happens when people are asked to imagine a good manager, and how this results in tragic ironic representations, rather than tales of straightforward goodness.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: archetypes, goodness, imagination, leadership, narratives
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School
Depositing User: Jerzy Kociatkiewicz
Date Deposited: 22 May 2012 15:47
Last Modified: 16 Dec 2014 11:16
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/2421

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