Woman Branded Liar by High Court Judge: Leadership, Professionalism and Ethics for The Future

by Eddie Blass


This paper draws on a reflexive analysis of a life changing event for the author – losing a court case that they instigated against a vet for professional negligence (Blass v Randall [2008] EWHC 1007 (QB) (14 May 2008)). The paper offers a range of interpretations of the court proceedings, and through this questions the shifting role of leadership within and between the parties involved, the meaning of professionalism, what it is to behave professionally, and the impact of ethics on how leaders and professionals conduct themselves. Causal layered analysis (Inayatullah, 1998) is used to reframe leadership and Theory U (Scharmer, 2009) is used to establish a basis of professionalism.(continue…)

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