Conclusion: Building Ethical Muscle

  • David Bromell


In this concluding chapter, Bromell sums up the kind of leadership and the kind of politics needed where diversity in proximity generates conflict. We need to cultivate leadership practices of being civil, diplomatic, respectful, impartial, fair and prudent. And we need a pluralist, democratic and political politics. The goal is to minimise domination, humiliation, cruelty and violence and enable caring, hope and kindness. No single ethical principle or value can be determinative in public life. When plural values are at stake, safe passage lies in navigating “between the stars”. Governance and management, human resource management, organisational learning and development and workplace mentoring all have roles to play in developing ethical competencies for public leadership. We build ethical muscle as together we reflect on who we are, how we are with others, and the values and virtues we want to govern our conduct of public life.


Pluralism Politics Ethical public leadership Governance Organisational development Mentoring 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Bromell
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  1. 1.Institute for Governance and Policy StudiesVictoria University of WellingtonWellingtonNew Zealand

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