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Negative capability and care of the self

Simpson, Peter; von Bülow, Charlotte


Charlotte von Bülow


L Tomkins


Through the particular lenses of Negative Capability and Care
of the Self, we argue that an aspiration to practice caring leadership involves a commitment to the development of self-knowledge. Following an exploration of our key themes, we will draw upon a case study of organisational leadership to illustrate how a phenomenological inquiry into one’s experience of self may serve to heighten the quality of attention that leaders give in complex situations. In a sector increasingly dominated by systems and driven by targets and performance indicators, we suggest that the case study reveals a dedication to re-humanising leadership which this senior manager challenges his organisation to recognise that being human matters. This implies the need to develop a capacity for courage, trust and care in order to make decisions that are not driven by our personal agenda and fear of failure.

Publication Date Mar 2, 2020
Pages 131-141
Series Title New Horizons in Leadership
Book Title Paradoxes of Leadership and Care: Critical and Philosophical Reflection
Chapter Number 11
ISBN 9781788975490
APA6 Citation Simpson, P., & von B├╝low, C. (2020). Negative capability and care of the self. In L. Tomkins (Ed.), Paradoxes of Leadership and Care: Critical and Philosophical Reflection. , (131-141). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
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