Leadership and ethics: You can run, but you cannot hide from the humanities

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In this chapter, it is argued that leadership scholars need philosophy to do ethics and that leadership studies is incomplete without the humanities. The chapter opens with some historical background on why research in the humanities appears to be less valuable than research in the social sciences. After that, it turns to discussion of method in the humanities and some of the common mistakes that social scientists make when they attempt to draw from the humanities literature in their research. The chapter then compares and contrasts research methods in the social sciences and the humanities as a means of showing how work in both areas may produce a deeper grounding for research and a richer understanding of leadership.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationWhat's Wrong With Leadership?
Subtitle of host publicationImproving Leadership Research and Practice
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781351671675
ISBN (Print)9781315163604
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychology(all)
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)


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