Political Leadership under the Classic Thinkers: Lessons for Education

By Mireia Tintore and Casilda Güell.

Published by The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Civic and Political Studies

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In a moment of social disenchantment with our political leaders, it might be worth recovering some of the historical grounds for political leadership and trying to extrapolate and apply them to our studies on education. The authors recover a few features of leadership from the perspective of some of the classic thinkers up to the Renaissance in order to draw some applied conclusions for a theory on how to educate potential leaders. First, the education of leaders needs to be put at the forefront of society’s concerns. Second, those leaders need to ground their policies on solid values and on the concept of service to the people. Third, the obsession of excellence of the political leaders is worth reconsidering. The authors will claim that the leaders’ excellence through education is crucial. The paper will be interdisciplinary.

Keywords: Political Leadership, History of Leadership, Leader’s Education

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Civic and Political Studies, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp.65-74. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 239.114KB).

Dr. Mireia Tintore

Vice Dean, Faculty of Education, Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain

Mireia Tintore holds a Doctorate of humanities and social sciences from the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (UIC), a Master’s in family education from the European Institute of Educational Sciences, a Postgraduate degree in women’s leadership from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain) and a Bachelor’s degree in geography and history with a specialty in contemporary history) from the Universitat de Barcelona. Her doctoral thesis was about organizational learning in universities titled, Las Universidades como organizaciones que aprenden. El caso de la Facultad de Educación de la Universitat Internacional de Catalunya. Now, she works at UIC as Vice Dean of the Faculty of Education. There, she teaches school organization and social science didactics. She is also a teacher in the Master of Research in Social Sciences program at UIC, where she teaches educational research.

Dr. Casilda Güell

Lecturer, Faculty of Legal and Political Studies, Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain

Dr. Casilda Güell is a lecturer of political science at the Universitat Internacional de Barcelona and is a fellow of the Catalan Observatory, European Institute, London School of Economics. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in government and a Ph.D. in international history at the London School of Economics. She is a member of the research group Elites and Political Parties, and her main lines of research are political exile, political and economic elites, interest groups and territorial politics. She has done research at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and at the European University Institute in Firenze.