Responsible leadership: a radical view
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Leadership theories emerge and ﬂourish in contexts that give them meaning. Responsible leadership is no exception. We are living in a complex world which is increasingly viewed as lacking effective, ethical, and courageous leadership (Ashforth, Gioia, Robinson, & Treviño, 2008; Cowell, 2012; Iszatt-White & Saunders, 2014, p. 215). Of the top ten trends identiﬁed by respondents to the World Economic Forum global survey of 2015, a lack of leadership was number three on the list, with 86 per cent strongly agreeing that the world is facing a leadership crisis (World Economic Forum, 2015b). In summarising the survey, Professor David Gergen, Co-director of the Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, claims ‘[w]e need moral, effective leadership to step up across our society – business, non-proﬁt, and political leaders all have a role to play (World Economic Forum, 2015a). Gergen also points out that we get the leaders we deserve, suggesting that all citizens need to engage in responsible leadership, for the crisis of leadership implicates us all. The increasing recognition that we face a crisis in both the effectiveness and legitimacy of leadership has generated an incipient research agenda and growing academic interest in the area of responsible leadership. What follows is an attempt to:
1 make sense of the context that has given rise to this interest; 2 undertake a critique of current responsible leadership theory in the light
of this context; 3 provide a more radical view of responsible leadership that may be better
placed to meet these contextual challenges.