Careers and Heroism

Daniel Brennan*, Dawn Bennett

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A heroic career makes positive contributions to society, cultivates attributes which allow for personal growth, and involves a lifelong process inclusive of change and transformation.

Are careers heroic? Recent studies relate facets of heroism, across cultures, to leadership and career building. Taking the rich example of creative industries careers, for example, Dawn Bennett and colleagues illustrate how theories of heroism can provide a means of understanding the decision-making processes of people in precarious careers. For them, heroic career leadership “places individuals in a stronger position by helping them become self-aware and better equipped to negotiate career changes over time” (Bennett et al. 2020). Given the increase of precarious work and nonlinear careers across the labor market, the agentic navigation of career has ramifications for all manner of careers.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Heroism Studies
EditorsScott T Allison, James K Beggan, George R Goethals
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9783031171253
Publication statusPublished - 7 Sept 2023


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