A Concern for Caring

Authored by: Lea Kuusilehto-Awale

Handbook of Ethical Educational Leadership

Print publication date:  May  2014
Online publication date:  May  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415853903
eBook ISBN: 9780203747582
Adobe ISBN: 9781135011932


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For the Nordic peoples, the establishment of the welfare society model following World War II is a distinguishing feature that engenders great pride. At the societal level, I would argue that since World War II, the Nordic peoples have been able to establish a commitment to ethically responsible civil leadership with a particular emphasis on an ethic of care and caring leadership for all. This civil leadership commitment was founded upon a strong “no citizen left behind” societal consensus and thereby created an investment in social stability, which has accumulated and guaranteed economic success in this part of the world, as indicated, for example, by the Human Development Index Country reports of 1980–2013 published by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). This form of societal model emerged as a result of broad political consensus in decision making and visionary thinking among our leaders in the post–World War II decades. This was a time when many of the Nordic people were poor and did not even dare to dream about the levels of wealth we are now enjoying.

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