Comparative Book Review: Alexander Hill and Badaracco
Background: Alexander Hill and Joseph Badaracco both have written guides they hope will help the practitioner act in ethical ways within the practice of leadership in organizations. This said, the two authors take very different approaches. Hill explicitly provides the ground for his ethical perspective, while Badaracco focuses on the mechanics of effective ethical leadership.
Hill’s work provides an explicit explanation of his worldview. Badaracco’s worldview is implicit. Leveraging your knowledge and understanding of the facets of worldview discern both of these author’s perspectives and summarize what you believe them to be. Having summarized their worldviews, write a few comments regarding the impact of their worldview on their suggested practices of ethical leadership.
Compare Hill’s foundational values of holiness, justice and love with Badaracco’s three “quiet virtues” of restraint, modesty and tenacity. What might this tell you about the goals of the two authors? Do their foundational values offer hints? It might be said that comparing the foundational triplets are like comparing apples and oranges. Do you agree? Why or why not? Finally, what do you offer as your triplet of foundational values? What reasons do you have for your foundational values?
The books are:
Just Business by Alexander Hill
Badaracco, Joseph L. (2002) Leading Quietly: An Unorthodox Guide to Doing the Right Thing