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Leadership development through understanding the Holocaust

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Keywords: leadership, leaders, leadership development, moral judgement, courage

An interesting paper has just been published which looks at a unique program that was developed for the US Coast Guard Academy in which it argues that all leadership programs should include a study of the Holocaust. This, they argue, helps leaders develop higher levels of moral judgement and courage.

The paper opens with a quote from Milton “the Holocaust provides us with awareness that democratic institutions and values are not automatically sustained, and that the Holocaust occurred because individuals, organisations and governments made a choice which legalised discrimination and permitted hatred and murder to occur.” (Milton, 2000)

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