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Leadership, “communityship,” and “the good folk”

Henry Mintzberg (Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University, Montreal, Canada)
Cam Caldwell (Alexandria, Louisiana, USA)

International Journal of Public Leadership

ISSN: 2056-4929

Article publication date: 13 February 2017




The purpose of this paper is to identify critical challenges to public leaders in troubled times, based on the experience and thoughts of an accomplished and world-renowned academic in the field of strategy and leadership. The authors have also included it on the original paper, which is attached.


A semi-structured interview was conducted based on a series of questions that are considered pertinent to the challenges facing public leaders.


The key findings suggest that individualism and egos are too dominant, that there is an absence of effective ethical leadership which, together, overshadows the need for community action.


This summary of the short interview provides a unique insight into the challenges facing public leadership.



Mintzberg, H. and Caldwell, C. (2017), "Leadership, “communityship,” and “the good folk”", International Journal of Public Leadership, Vol. 13 No. 1, pp. 5-8.



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