6An Ethic of Care

Reconnecting the Private and the Public

Leah Tomkins and Peter Simpson

Key Questions

Can we draw on our private lives, rather than textbook models and methodologies, for leadership development?

Can we challenge the assumption that so-called “soft” skills of care have no role to play in business and leadership?

What do caring relationships and leader-follower relationships have in common? What might we learn from these commonalities?

Our Perspective

This chapter draws on the authors’ own personal and professional experiences more than most conventional leadership textbooks. We interweave ideas about familial care and organizational leadership based on our own first-hand experiences of both. We are amongst the growing number ...

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