Authors
Thaddeus Metz
University of Pretoria
Abstract
This article draws on the indigenous African tradition of philosophy to ground a moral-philosophical theory of leadership that is intended to rival accounts in the East Asian and Western traditions. After providing an interpretation of the characteristically sub-Saharan value of communion, the article advances a philosophical account of a good leader as one who creates, sustains, and enriches communal relationships and enables others to do so. The article then applies this account to a variety of topics, including what the proper final end of an organization is, how decisions ought to be made within it, who counts as a stakeholder, and how to deal with non-performing or misbehaving employees. For each topic, the article notes respects in which the African theory of good leadership entails approaches that differ from other, more internationally familiar ones, and suggests that its implications are prima facie attractive relative to them.
Keywords African ethics  Communion  Decision making  Employee relations  Leadership  Stakeholder theory
Categories (categorize this paper)
Reprint years 2018
DOI 10.15249/12-2-204
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

 PhilArchive page | Other versions
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Self and Community in a Changing World.D. A. Masolo - 2010 - Indiana University Press.
Is Confucianism Good for Business Ethics in China?Po Keung Ip - 2009 - Journal of Business Ethics 88 (S3):463-476.

View all 20 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Decolonising Borders.John Sodiq Sanni - 2020 - Theoria 67 (163):1-24.
An African Theory of Good Leadership (Repr.).Thaddeus Metz - 2020 - International Journal of Ethical Leadership 7:41-56.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Leadership Ethics: Mapping the Territory.Joanne B. Ciulla - 1995 - Business Ethics Quarterly 5 (1):5-28.
Leadership Ethics: Mapping the Territory.Joanne B. Ciulla - 1995 - Business Ethics Quarterly 5 (1):5-28.
What Does Ethics Have to Do with Leadership?Michael P. Levine & Jacqueline Boaks - 2014 - Journal of Business Ethics 124 (2):1-18.
Personhood in a Transhumanist Context: An African Perspective.Ademola Kazeem Fayemi - 2018 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 7 (1):53-78.
How to Report on War in the Light of an African Ethic.Thaddeus Metz - 2021 - In Jonathan O. Chimakonam, Edwin Etieyibo & Ike Odimegwu (eds.), Essays on Contemporary Issues in African Philosophy. Springer. pp. 145-162.
Ubuntu as a Moral Theory: Reply to Four Critics.Thaddeus Metz - 2007 - South African Journal of Philosophy 26 (4):369-87.
Confucianism and African Conceptions of Value, Reality and Knowledge (儒家思想与非洲的价值观、现实 观与知识观).Thaddeus Metz - 2016 - International Social Science Journal (Chinese Edition 国际社会科学杂志) 33 (4):159-170.
A Platonic Account of South African Crime.Victor João Patão - 2008 - Dissertation, University of Johannesburg

Analytics

Added to PP index
2018-09-03

Total views
250 ( #40,857 of 2,462,978 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
26 ( #32,105 of 2,462,978 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes