Determining moral leadership as argued from an evolutionary point of view : with reference to gender, race, poverty and sexual orientation

Jones, Chris (2019-06-27)

CITATION: Jones, C. 2019. Determining moral leadership as argued from an evolutionary point of view : with reference to gender, race, poverty and sexual orientation. HTS Theological Studies, 75(4):a5215, doi:10.4102/hts.v75i4.5215.

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This essay focuses on determining moral leadership, as theoretically debated from an evolutionary point of view in an attempt to reflect on how this kind of moral leadership can contribute, among others, in dealing with issues such as gender, race, poverty and sexual orientation. Although important, not one of the latter issues will be discussed. It is not the primary focus of the essay. But because we are aware of the extent of the challenges regarding these issues, they were specifically identified as examples for applying the moral guidelines developed and determined in this essay. This essay mainly argues that morality and moral leadership require analytical and critical evolutionary thinking and reflection that could contribute to making the world a more just and fair place in which to live. Moral leaders are created when people are constantly striving in an ongoing process of reasoning to become more humane, thereby allowing every person to flourish and to reach their full potential through biologically determined and justice-based moral reflection and action.

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