v8n5: Raelin on Mensch and Barge on Leadership-as-PracticePosted: August 12, 2020
A COMMENTARY ON K. Mensch and J. Barge (2019), “Understanding Challenges to Leadership-as-Practice by Way of Macintyre’s Three Rival Versions of Moral Enquiry,” Bus & Prof Ethics J 38(1): 1–16, https://doi.org/10.5840/bpej2018101273
Mensch and Barge in their interpretation of Alasdair MacIntyre’s critique of genealogical ethics as a basis of ethical weakness in the emerging field of “leadership-as-practice,” suggest that L-A-P is lacking in ethical grounding especially because of its relativist philosophy. I address this valid ethical concern in L-A-P theory by arguing that there is a form of realism in Nietzchean axiology and that the dialogic potentialities in material-social interactions may offer a greater capacity for ethical reflexivity than a reliance on rules.
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Joe Raelin is the Donald Gordon Visiting Professor of Leadership, University of Cape Town and The Knowles Chair Emeritus, Northeastern University. He specializes in collective leadership and collective learning. Joe can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org