Using Shibboleth to Support Leadership Development Through an ‘Aesthemetic’ Approach in Sweden

  • Julia RomanowskaEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Business, Arts and Humanities book series (PSBAH)


The art-based Shibboleth concept was shown to increase the moral judgement, responsibility and stress tolerance of participating leaders and also improve their subordinates’ psychological and neurobiological resilience. Shibboleth’s demanding artistic core, depicting harrowing human experiences through a variety of fragmentary literary texts and music, was experienced as cognitively, emotionally and ethically exacting. Qualitative analyses show that the participants were exposed to a transformative power they had not previously experienced that led to a reconsideration of the self, the world and leadership. The leaders placed moral responsibility and human dignity at the heart of their leadership. Based on empirical findings, this chapter introduces the concept of aesthemetic transformation, which combines aesthetical, emotional and ethical components to offer a deeper understanding of arts-based learning processes in general.


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  1. 1.Karolinska InstitutetStockholmSweden

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