#116 Leigh Hafrey – Why we all have a leadership role to play

In our new CONVOCO! Podcast Corinne M. Flick speaks with Leigh Hafrey, Senior Lecturer, Communication and Ethics, at MIT Sloan School of Management, about:

Why we all have a leadership role to play

Here’s what he said:

We still have at least the possibility of global ethical standards. I think we also have evidence that we are still attempting to reach such standards, whether we succeed or not.

Culture is crucial for ethical leadership. Whether you find yourself in a Swiss village or in a small town in southern Texas is going to make a huge difference.

Professionals rely on a contract of trust with the public and that contract of trust heavily depends on a code of ethics.

“Tact” is designed to keep channels of communication open, under any circumstances and with just about anyone, recognizing that there might be some basis for a relationship.

The dividing line between us and nature is not what we thought it was. We are not special, and all of that is tied up with liberalism and neoliberalism. The ways of thinking about that shift have been made explicit.

Leadership in a democracy is multi-party. The idea that each of us has some say means that the leadership model involves the individual. However many individuals the society comprises, those individuals have a role to play in leadership.

I don’t think we’re any worse off than 100-500 years ago. We struggle constantly with what qualifies as good leadership and the good society.

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