Amiability and Citizenship Virtues

Arménio Rego, Miguel Pina e Cunha and Stewart Clegg

in The Virtues of Leadership

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199653867
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191742057 | DOI:
Amiability and Citizenship Virtues

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This chapter focuses on how amiability and citizenship virtues (justice and humanity) allow global leaders to develop positive human relationships with a wide range of constituencies (e.g. employees, customers, communities, governments, NGOs), and to act as responsible citizens of the world. The chapter starts by explaining the meaning of the virtue and its corresponding character strengths. References to the opposites and the excess of the strength are also made. Then the chapter explains how the strength contributes to the global leaders’ positive performance. Examples are provided to support the arguments. As in in the previous chapter, it shows that virtuosity requires balance: just as a tenor who hits too many high Cs unnecessarily shows off a wonderful attribute just a little too often, so does a leader whose excessive display of a single virtue hides a lack of facility in others.

Keywords: citizenship; fairness; leadership; cosmopolitan ethos; love; kindness; social intelligence

Chapter.  11710 words. 

Subjects: Organizational Theory and Behaviour

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