The Virtues of Leadership: Contemporary Challenges for Global Managers

Paperback | June 16, 2014

byArmenio Rego, Miguel Pina e Cunha, Stewart R. Clegg

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In a globalized world, where multinational companies have extensive power over a huge number of other organizations and millions of people, building positive organizational performance requires global leaders with virtues. Organizations, especially multinational ones, may be crucial engines ofsocial and economic progress; global leaders' virtues and character strengths may be strong drivers of such an endeavour. One cannot demand of them that they be morally pure or that they assume responsibility for solving the most pressing public problems in the world. However, this book argues thatthey may be part of the solution, help in making the world a better place, and contribute to the realistic desiderata of a values-based capitalism. Drawing on the Positive Organizational Scholarship movement, this book aims to provide a holistic approach to the virtues of leaders. It explores how virtues and character strengths may be put at the service of positive organizational performance, stressing that virtues represent the "golden mean"between the extremes of excess and deficiency, and discussing the perverse consequences of "excessive virtuousness". The book shares theoretical, anecdotal, and empirical evidence on the convergence between good virtues and good results, aiming to disseminate the idea that managers can be competentand competitive, whilst doing "good things right".

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In a globalized world, where multinational companies have extensive power over a huge number of other organizations and millions of people, building positive organizational performance requires global leaders with virtues. Organizations, especially multinational ones, may be crucial engines ofsocial and economic progress; global leader...

Armenio Rego is Assistant Professor at the University of Aveiro, Portugal. He has a PhD from ISCTE-Lisbon University Institute, Portugal. He is author or co-author of more than forty papers in international journals, such as such as Applied Psychology: An International Review, European Management Journal, International Journal of Human...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pagesPublished:June 16, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199677379

ISBN - 13:9780199677375

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Table of Contents

1. The Virtues of Leadership: Contemporary Challenge for Global Managers2. The New Virtuosi: Global Managers3. Cognitive and Energizing Virtues4. Amiability and Citizenship Virtues5. The Virtues of Transcendence6. The Virtues of Global Leaders: An Integrative Research Perspective7. What Is To Be Done?