Am I a champion of gender equality? Using poetry to discover your ethical leader voice as a force for positive change toward UNSDG5

Kae Reynolds, Florence Villesèche

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Abstract

Systemic change toward achieving the UN SDG5 requires disentangling the bias that reifies systems of gender inequality (Villesèche et al., 2021), and enacting ethical leadership through socio-relational outcomes (Villesèche & Sinani, 2023). How to best develop ethical leadership, however, remains enigmatic (Buskirk et al., 2015). This PDW heeds calls to develop leadership through artistic means (Edwards & O’Reagan, 2019), to support leaders’ finding their voice and modelling the way to change (Kouzes & Posner, 2012), and to facilitate reflexive learning to activate moral sensitivity (Hedberg, 2017; Hibbert & Cunliffe, 2015; Waddock, 2010). Reflection, a useful tool for professional development, nevertheless, can get stuck in the rational-cognitive realm. Hence, poetic engagement is used to access cognitive processes of more emotional depth (Morgan, 2016; Armitage, 2015). Engaging with poetry opens a unique space for exploring identity and values; gives voice to feelings, perceptions and genuine concerns; and fosters human connection which has the potential to support moral reasoning and moral action.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 10 Dec 2023
Event21st International Studying Leadership Conference: The Leadership Dynamics of Systems Change - Copenhagen Business School, Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 10 Dec 202312 Dec 2023
https://www.conferencemanager.dk/islc2023/islc-2023

Conference

Conference21st International Studying Leadership Conference
Abbreviated titleISLC 2023
Country/TerritoryDenmark
CityCopenhagen
Period10/12/2312/12/23
Internet address

Keywords

  • ethical leadership
  • reflexive learning
  • poetic engagement
  • SDG5
  • gender equality

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