An Inspiration for our Time: Mary Parker Follett (1868‐1933)

Su Maddock (Manchester Business School and National School of Government)
Marion Macalpine (Centre for the Study of Policy and Practice, Faculty of Health and Human Sciences, Thames Valley University)

International Journal of Leadership in Public Services

ISSN: 1747-9886

Publication date: 1 June 2006


Mary Parker Follett was an outstanding public intellectual of her day, both in the US and the UK. We have a lot to learn from her about the ‘democratic deficit’, leadership, participation, partnership and difference, that is relevant to key current concerns in the UK. Her thinking was based on her own extensive experience, observation and reflection, her ideas are profound, relevant and accessible for us today. In this article we signal her continuing significance in three areas: building democratic processes, leadership and ideas about complexity.



Maddock, S. and Macalpine, M. (2006), "An Inspiration for our Time: Mary Parker Follett (1868‐1933)", International Journal of Leadership in Public Services, Vol. 2 No. 2, pp. 44-48.

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