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Politics and Conscience: Dag Hammarskjold on the Art of Ethical Leadership

Politics and Conscience: Dag Hammarskjold on the Art of Ethical Leadership

by Roger Lipsey


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An accessible guide to the principles and vision of Dag Hammarskjöld, a man John F. Kennedy called "the greatest statesman of our century."

Dag Hammarskjöld served as Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1953 until his tragic Dag Hammarskjöld served as secretary-general of the United Nations from 1953 until his tragic death in a suspicious plane crash in 1961. During those years he saw the fledgling international organization through numerous crises with skill that made him a star on the international stage. As readers of his now-classic diary, Markings, are aware, Hammarskjöld understood political leadership as an honor calling for resourcefulness, humility, moral clarity, and spiritual reflection.

In this accessible handbook, acclaimed biographer Roger Lipsey details the political and personal code by which Hammarskjöld lived and made critical decisions. What emerges is the portrait of a man who struck a remarkable balance between patience and action, empathy and reserve, policy and people. Structured through short sections on themes such as courage, facing facts, and negotiation, Politics and Conscience offers a vision of ethical leadership as relevant today as it was in Hammarskjöld’s time.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611807363
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication date: 02/25/2020
Pages: 152
Sales rank: 710,188
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Roger Lipsey is a biographer, art historian, editor, and translator. Among his many books is Hammarskjöld: A Life, hailed as the definitive biography of Dag Hammarskjöld. Lipsey speaks regularly at United Nations gatherings and under other auspices about Hammarskjöld’s life and legacy. He lives in the Hudson Valley.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: The Code 1

1 Fate Is What We Make It 13

2 Clinging to Position 19

3 Facing Facts 23

4 Chain Reactions 29

5 Dialogue 34

6 Negotiation: Awareness, Empathy, Strategy 37

7 Negotiation: Ambiguity, Risk, Good Practices 49

8 The Healing Power of Time 54

9 Perseverance 59

10 Global Interdependence 65

11 A World Full of Meaning 68

12 Courage 73

13 Maturity of Mind 80

14 Evil 86

15 Jugglers and Builders 91

16 Self-Knowledge, Humility, Emotional Learning 95

17 The Way of a Statesman 104

Appendix 1 The Fatal Air Crash 121

Appendix 2 Books and Sources 124

Notes 127

Credits 139

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