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ERIC Number: EJ1136632
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1552-9045
Recovering the Philosophical Anthropology of Max Scheler for Leadership Studies
Harter, Nathan
Journal of Leadership Education, v5 n3 p15-30 Win 2006
During the first half of the twentieth century, a handful of German speaking scholars examined leadership through the lens of what came to be known as philosophical anthropology, a field of study inaugurated by Max Scheler. Not only do their contributions belong in the history of leadership studies, but the findings of philosophical anthropology can make contributions today. This paper introduces philosophical anthropology and more specifically what Scheler had to say about leadership. One of his primary insights distinguished leaders from what he referred to as exemplary persons, or what we call role models today. This distinction offers a basis for leading by example. Scheler found five universal ideal types that set the tone, so to speak, for any group or society.
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Language: English
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