The ability to exercise good judgment is increasingly recognized as essential to being an effective leader. But there exists no consensus of what the exercise of good judgment is or how to help individuals develop it. Taking a performative approach and relational-responsive social constructionism perspective, I put forth and describe the exercise of good judgment as being consistent with Aristotle's notion of phronesis or practical wisdom. Exercising good judgment is envisioned as an ongoing practice of wisely relating and responding in the present moment within the unique emerging circumstances within which one is embodied and embedded. As leaders are not concerned with understanding what good judgment is, but want to be able to exercise good judgment, I go on to articulate the first-person experience of exercising good judgment to shed light on the practice of exercising good judgment and, thus, what might be important to its development. I conclude by presenting a series of experiences and practices as 'instructive experiences' that can contribute to leaders learning to exercise good judgment while situated within their unique emerging contours of their experience.
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