Leading in an Amish paradise: humanistic leadership in the Old Order Amish
culture, leadership, community, humanism, humanistic leadership, Amish
The authors examined the traditional leadership practiced by the Old Order Amish located in the Holmes and Wayne counties of America. Despite popular stereotypes, this community is remarkably innovative and resilient. Amish leadership aligns with the central tenets of humanistic leadership and provides a rich illustration of how such a leadership paradigm can foster a vibrant, inclusive and sustainable community. Unlike current leadership models that focus on instrumental values like wealth, profit and growth, Amish leadership is concerned with faith, community and living a simple life with purpose and dignity.
Keim, C., & Shadnam, M. 2020. Leading in an Amish paradise: Humanistic leadership in the Old Order Amish. Cross Cultural & Strategic Management, 27(3): 473-485. DOI: 10.1108/CCSM-01-2020-0024
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