Considerations of Moral Leadership and Ideal Leadership in J Thomas Wren's 'Traditional Classics on Leadership'

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Considerations of Moral Leadership and Ideal Leadership in J. Thomas Wren "Traditional Classics on Leadership" The objective of this study is to discuss why considerations of moral and ideal leadership, as they have been treated across much of Western history in the Wren text are important to understanding of leadership today, and more specifically, to one's own leadership practice. Toward this end this study will examine the work of J. Thomas Wren entitled "Traditional Classics on Leadership". Wren writes that the idea of the appropriate leaders "was an initial fiction that was "created or invented in response to the challenges of societal governance"¦" (p.13) Wren states that Plato was particularly astute in regards to "implications for leaders in a democracy." (p.14) In a democracy, according to Wren "the people do not recognize what is best for them, particularly with respect to who should lead them." (2007, p.14) Plato utilized allegorical methods to describe the problems of leading a democracy stating that the people "honor as a good and profoundly wise person any obsequious flatterer who"¦can minister agreeable to their humors, which he is clever enough to anticipate." (Wren, 2007, p.14) Wren writes that only those who "cater to the whims of the masses will be successful." (p.15) In other words, it is not the individual who is best qualified for the job of leadership and neither is it the individual with the most experience or even the individual who is the

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