Educating the Virtuous Leader: Exploring the Reflexive Practicum

Ian Robson (Lead / Corresponding author)

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The context of education under scrutiny in this paper is the post-experience practitioner sector, concerning students of ethics in Business Administration at both Masters and Doctoral levels. Responsible leadership is examined as a core theme in business ethics research and education. The paper proposes that responsible leaders require a virtuous mind-set, underpinned by Aristotelian thinking. Responsible leadership and romanticised models of leadership are interwoven in a critique of the technical-rational predominance in leadership and ethics research. The development of reflective practice is tracked from Argyris and Schon’s reflection on and in action to reflexivity. The paper considers the essence of Aristotle’s virtue ethics in proposing an integrative framework of skill and behaviour acquisition in organisational ethical decision-making. Reflective leadership and reflexivity are examined in relation to practitioner learning and the concept of a reflexive practicum explored to provide a praxis dimension to ethics education practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-148
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Business Ethics Education
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • reflective learning
  • reflexive practicum
  • virtuous leadership


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