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Leadership in Dialogue: How Courage Informs

  • Craig W. GruberEmail author
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Part of the Annals of Theoretical Psychology book series (AOTP, volume 15)

Abstract

This chapter examines leadership as courage, and places them both in the context of dialogue. By making the discussion surrounding leader behavior one which relies on courage and making courage-based decisions, I argue that leadership in dialogue makes for more effective leadership. It can also be inferred that the most effective and flexible leadership paradigm is one that engages leaders, those operationalizing the vision of the leader, and the others who operate in the local environment. Through an examination of the writings of Rollo May as well as Albert Bandura the exploration of courage is demonstrated to be a crucial component for developing leaders and leadership. Specifically, courage is an essential factor in leadership in dialogue and it adds to the role played by cognition, behavior, and the environment. Courage is the key element needed to create the opportunity to grow. Through examples from everyday leadership and from media, dialogue is shown to be an essential component of effective and collaborative leader behavior. Dialogue is how the personal trait of courage can be made visible to leaders and followers alike. Developing courage in dialogue is critical for leader development.

Keywords

Leadership Courage Dialogue HCBT Psychological theory Leadership development 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Northeastern UniversityBostonUSA

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