Considerations towards Ethical Leadership:
Women-centred approaches to Leadership
We are living in a time of disenchantment. Every day we are faced with news that makes us question how we got to where we are today. We question the quality of leaders we have and their ability to guide us and where they intend to take us. These questions are the reason we should be asking ourselves: Where are the seeds of the new, and how can we find the “re-enchantment?
As a nation we need to ask ourselves ‘What are the conditions which are not of a leader’s making?’. We can make beautiful lists of qualities that an ethical leader should possess, but if we do not apply our miserable intellects to our structural conditions then we are farting in the wind. We need a structural analysis of how hegemonic power works in our time. My pessimistic prognosis is that we ought to analyse the forms of power in the 21st century, beginning with the systemic and structural dimensions of power. This includes the global power hierarchies and the contending power struggles such as that between the USA and China.
Dr Darlene Miller is a senior lecturer at the Wits School of Governance. This paper was presented at the Cornerstone Institute’s ‘Critical Dialogues towards Reclaiming Agency’.
Considerations towards ethical leadership:
The Charter for Compassion
I have had a nagging question on my mind: Where is South Africa’s spiritual leadership? It is a question that invites more questions as people globally grapple with what leadership should look like in the world today.
Thankfully, we are seeing the emergence of a new leader prototype. We are recognising leaders who refuse to separate their politics from their spiritual beliefs because to do so would compromise their integrity, authenticity and intention. These three facets of leadership are critical in our response to a call for deepening leadership skills at every level. Young leaders need to be coached in a new style of leadership that allows heart and mind to work together – dictatorial, top-down, old-style leadership is not the way of the future so why are we still teaching it?
Rev Berry Behr is the South African Coordinator for the Charter for Compassion as well as the Chairperson of the Cape Town Interfaith Initiative. This paper was presented at the Cornerstone Institute’s ‘Critical Dialogues towards Reclaiming Agency’.