Political and Civic Leadership: A Reference Handbook

Richard A. Couto January 05, 2020

Political and Civic Leadership: A Reference Handbook Richard A. Couto I jumped at the chance to shepherd this collection This was personal for me In the past, when I had prepared to teach courses on political leadership, I had come up with a dearth of recent scholarly attention to the topic.Perhaps my perspective on politics and leadership exacerbated the difficulty of my search I had in mind a politics that touched all aspects of power aI jumped at the chance to shepherd this collection This was personal for me In the past, when I had prepared to teach courses on political leadership, I had come up with a dearth of recent scholarly attention to the topic.Perhaps my perspective on politics and leadership exacerbated the difficulty of my search I had in mind a politics that touched all aspects of power and authority in our lives not just government , encouraged the moral imagination, and affirmed human agency that could make the future better than the present I searched with limited success for material that would explain how all of us shape and are shaped by politics My perspective on leadership may have also hindered my search I had in mind the simple notion of taking initiative on behalf of shared values I found too little material about leadership that extended beyond the spectacle of authority and its assumption of hierarchy I wanted to explain that each of us, regardless of our place in a hierarchy, has a calling to lead to act on behalf of our moral imagination Editing this volume permitted me the chance to develop the material I sought I as well as other teachers no longer have a shortage of material relating politics and leadership with each other From the Introduction

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