The Responsible Leader

David W. Miller, Michael J. Thate

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


This essay positions the philosophical trope of “responsibility” as a complement to John Mackey and Raj Sisodia’s third tenet of Conscious Capitalism: viz., “conscious leadership” (Mackey and Sisodia, Conscious capitalism: liberating the heroic spirit of business. Harvard Business Review Press, Cambridge, 2013, pp 177–214; Mackey et al., Conscious leadership: elevating humanity through business. Portfolio, New York, 2020). We suggest “responsibility” as a conceptual tool for reframing popular leadership models and stakeholder theories. The notion of “The Responsible Leader,” we propose, adds a critical dimension to Mackey’s and Sisodia’s articulation of acting well within the complex realities of a market economy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEthical Economy
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media B.V.
Number of pages12
StatePublished - 2022

Publication series

NameEthical Economy
ISSN (Print)2211-2707
ISSN (Electronic)2211-2723

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Philosophy
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Economics and Econometrics


  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • Ethics
  • Leadership
  • Responsibility


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