This chapter introduces the range of theories that have sought to articulate the moral and ethical dimensions of leadership. In particular, the chapter critiques the traditional promotion of individual heroism. It will illustrate the limitations of an individualist approach through the examples of benevolent sexism and racism, which reveal the structural and ideological machinations of white patriarchal power. In particular, the figure of the white saviour is explored in more depth, tracing its origins back to colonial discourses and showing how it has shaped contemporary ideas of ethical leadership. The chapter draws on examples of Australian philanthropic billionaires and the rise of ‘sustainability leaders.’
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