11Leadership Development and the Cultivation of Practical Wisdom

Mervyn Conroy, Catherine Hale and Chris Turner

Key Questions

How can we cultivate practical wisdom in medical leaders so that they make wise decisions?

How could this help leaders in other contexts to lead more ethically?

Introduction1

Despite having professional lives that are rife with competing demands and relationships, questions have rarely been asked about what professionals need in order to be equipped morally (or otherwise) to deal with these. The most ethically challenging decisions in any organization are often cases in which there are multiple conflicting moral and functional goals that a leader feels bound to pursue. For instance, in medical settings, a consultant ...

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