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The Virtues of Leadership: Contemporary Challenges for Global Managers

Arménio Rego, Miguel Pina e Cunha, and Stewart R. Clegg


The book draws from the Positive Organizational Scholarship approach, a research stream in which the virtues of leaders have been understudied, at least in terms of the holistic approach that we adopt. The book explores how virtues and character strengths may deliver positive organizational performance. It stresses that virtues represent the ‘golden mean’ between the extremes of excess and deficiency, and discuss the perverse consequences of ‘excessive virtuousness’. The book is intended to be neither a sermon nor a collection of pious guidelines aimed to preach virtuous virtuosity to global l ... More

Keywords: positive organizational scholarship, virtues and character strengths, global leadership, global leaders’ development, positive organizational performance, ethics, human rights, sustainable organizations, values‐based capitalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199653867
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199653867.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Arménio Rego, author
Assistant Professor, the Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal

Miguel Pina e Cunha, author
Professor, Nova School of Business and Economics

Stewart R. Clegg, author
Professor and Research Director, Centre for Management and Organization Studies, University of Technology Sydney Business School and Visiting Professor, Universidade Nova, Portugal