Source: (2011) Presentation at the 14th World Conference of the International Institute of Restorative Practices. 15-17 June 2011, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

In his treatise Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle asserts that part of a good leader’s job is to create an environment in which its members can achieve their highest potential. In all of our jobs, we have opportunities and even obligations to be leaders of this kind. Sometimes, we need to emerge as leaders for others’ benefi t. Issues arising from miscommunication and misunderstanding can confound the manifestation of this leadership potential. Th at is where restorative approaches, including mediation, when necessary, are benefi cial. Our OSSTF/FEESO motto encourages us to work together towards a common good, and the Mediation Services Resource Bank is available when concerted eff orts do not attain the collectively desired outcome. (excerpt)

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