The leadership archetype: A Jungian analysis of similarities between modern leadership theory and the Abraham myth in the judaic–christian tradition [Book Review]

Journal of Business Ethics 72 (2):115 - 129 (2007)
Archetypal psychology suggests the possibility of a leadership archetype representing the unconscious preferences of human beings as a species about the appropriate relationships between leaders and followers. Mythological analysis compared God’s leadership in the Abraham myth with modern visionary, ethical and situational leadership to find similarities reflecting continuities in human thinking about leadership over as long as 3600 years. God’s leadership behavior is very modern except that God is generally more relationship oriented. The leadership archetype that emerges is of a leader that develops his/her follower by reliably maintaining a vision, behaving according to firm ethical values even when it weakens the leader’s authority, accepting suffering when the follower is unreliable, and always forgiving even when the follower behaves with hubris in an attempt to overthrow the leader. If God’s leadership principles were mandatory in management, many dysfunctional leaders would be disqualified and many of the negative consequences of poor leadership might be averted.
Keywords archetypal psychology  archetype  Jung  leadership  visionary ethical situational forgiveness  God  Abraham  myth  narrative analysis  mythological analysis
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