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Models of Leadership in Plato and Beyond

Dominic Scott and R. Edward Freeman


This book draws on Plato’s philosophy to throw light on contemporary leadership theory and practice. It combines an account of his thought with applications to modern case studies and approaches, in both politics and business. Rather than attempting to give a single ‘one-size-fits-all’ definition of leadership, his strategy was to break it into its different strands. He presents several ‘models’ of leadership, most of them images or analogies: the leader as doctor, navigator, artist, teacher, shepherd, weaver, or sower. Each model points to features of leadership that we intuitively recognize ... More

Keywords: leadership, Plato, Socrates, family resemblances, thought leadership, ethical leadership, Plato’s Republic

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780198837350
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198837350.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dominic Scott, author
Professor of Philosophy, Oxford University

R. Edward Freeman, author
University and Olsson Professor, The Darden School, University of Virginia