Book Chapter

WHY LEADERS ARE NOT ALWAYS TO BLAME: FROM "FREE WILL" TO RESPONSIBLE ACTION

Gabriele Lakomski

DARK SIDE OF LEADERSHIP: IDENTIFYING AND OVERCOMING UNETHICAL PRACTICE IN ORGANIZATIONS | Advances in Educational Administration | EMERALD GROUP PUBLISHING LTD | Published : 2017

Abstract

Leader-centric views have become a dogma in contemporary accounts of school leadership, and organizational performance is seen to reduce to explanations of what individuals do. Hence a school's failure is attributed to poor principal performance that may range from merely indifferent to outright unethical conduct that may exhibit "the dark side" of leadership. Judging "good" or "bad" behavior in individualistic terms has a long history and is enshrined in the doctrine of the autonomous agent in possession of "free will." Conceived thus, the autonomous agent can be held responsible for his or her actions. This chapter examines the notion of "free will" both in its philosophical and everyday m..

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