Reimagining ethical leadership as a relational, contextual and political practice

Helena Liu*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Interest in ethical leadership has been spurred by the widespread reporting of corporate malfeasance and corruption in the last decade. Although ethical leadership theories have highlighted the importance of ethical considerations in leadership, the dominant discourses of this field tend to treat ethical leadership as individualised, decontextualised and power-neutral. The purpose of this article is to address these limitations of the mainstream literature through a reimagination of ethical leadership research, development and practice grounded in a feminist, communitarian and corporeal ethic. This approach, I propose, has the potential to reorient leadership as a collective ethico-political project exercised towards the goals of equality, justice and emancipation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)343-367
Number of pages25
Issue number3
Early online date1 Jul 2015
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2017
Externally publishedYes


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