Poetic engagement for developing ethical leadership as a force for positive change: reimagining your ethical voice in found poetry

Kae Reynolds, Briony Sharp (Contributor), Ijeoma G. Ukeni (Contributor)

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Credibility and authenticity in leadership have become central concepts in contemporary approaches to understanding organisational behaviour; yet the shape of ethical development for practice – whether through ethical skills development or ethical behavioural interventions – remains somewhat enigmatic for staff in management and non-management roles (Buskirk et al. 2015). The central purpose of this professional development workshop is to provide a framework for participants to explore their leader identity and values and to ‘find’ and/or ‘reimagine’ their ethical leader voice through ‘found poetry’ in a reflective and creative experience. Producing poetry opens a unique space for exploring identity and values, gives voice to feelings, perceptions and genuine concerns, and fosters human connection (Armitage, 2015), which has the potential to support moral reasoning and moral action. To promote the enhancement of authenticity and credibility, this PDW proposes to facilitate a deeper exploration of ethical identity and values as forces for positive change in organisations. The activities tap into creative-emotional thinking toward the discovery and development of ethical voice through poetic engagement: both producing and reflecting on poetry in organisational and leadership contexts.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 5 Jun 2023
British Academy of Management Conference 2023: Towards Disruptive Sustainability: New Business Opportunities and Challenges
- University of Sussex, Brighton, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 Sept 20236 Sept 2023


British Academy of Management Conference 2023
Abbreviated titleBAM 2023
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Internet address


  • leadership
  • ethical leadership
  • poetry
  • arts-based inquiry
  • leader Identity
  • emotions
  • ethical voice
  • reflective practice
  • found poetry


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