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Developing leadership practice in voluntary organisations
Developing leadership practice in voluntary organisations

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8 Summary of Week 4

This week you started with the proposition that the ethics of an organisation can do leadership work – that ethics can lead. You explored how the purpose of an organisation can provide significant ethical leadership if it is able to remain open to change and adaptation.

You then switched focus to decision-making within organisations, introducing the idea of an unresolvable ethical dilemma. The week’s learning concluded by putting decision making to one side and reflecting instead on the aftermath of a decision, something we stated is as important as the decision itself. The week ended by you thinking back on the key practice of the week, that of ethical reflection.

Next week we end the course by offering a way of thinking about and practicing leadership that captures its rich relational dynamics: that of leadership as practice.