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The Pros And Cons Of Post-Bureaucratic Leadership

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Practices of Leadership contribute to managing sustainability (ethics and corporate social responsibility) in the post-bureaucratic era.

In this essay, I am going to argue that by its innate nature, post-bureaucratic leadership contributes to managing sustainability through the adoption of corporate social responsibility, by considering employees as well as other stakeholders in the decision making process, which shifts the focus from merely maximising profits, to achieving the higher purpose of creating value for society. In Section 1, by drawing on Johnston, Gabirel, Mackey Schawrtz, and Buckingham, and discusses how the two concepts of leadership and corporate social responsibility are linked. In Section 2, through the analysis of Browining, Cameron et al, Staw and Barsade, and Dutton et al, one is presented with the benefits of adopting corporate social responsibility as a part of their leadership style, as it puts the higher purpose of creating value for society at it’s core.

Post-bureaucratic leadership differs from Max Weber’s and Henry Ford’s models of bureaucratic leadership as their form is focused on maximising production, through a formal hierarchical structure, and impersonal relationships with employees (Johnston, 2004). While bureaucratic leadership ultimately causes alienation, Post-bureaucratic leadership aims to remove this alienation and bridge the gulf between the “supreme leaders” and “lowly subordinates” (Gabriel,1997). Post-bureaucratic leadership not only aims for financial betterment, but also the betterment of employees, and society as a whole. This is referred to as Corporate Social Responsibility, which consists of environmental and social dimensions.

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