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Redeeming LeadershipAn Anti-Racist Feminist Intervention$
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Helena Liu

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781529200041

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529200041.001.0001

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Redeeming Leadership

Helena Liu

Policy Press

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.’

Keywords:   Leadership ethics, Individual heroism, Colonialism, White saviours, Leadership development

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