Leadership: A Critical Text

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SAGE, Nov 15, 2007 - Business & Economics - 240 pages
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`It is refreshing when you come across a clear, well-written book about leadership that is not peddling the latest gimmick, buzzword or quick fix. What makes this work really refreshing is the emphasis on the critical dimension in the title and the breadth of the author's own experience of work' - Times Higher Education

`An excellent resource for examining and analyzing leadership from different perspectives' - New Horizons in Adult Education and Human Resource Development

`In a highly original way, taking “Critical Theory” as a point of departure, Dr Western helps us to obtain greater insight into the enigma of leadership' - Manfred Kets de Vries

`One of the "most promising" forthcoming management books for 2007' - European Academy of Management (EURAM)

`Leadership A Critical Text is an outstanding addition to the Leadership literature. This is an excellent text which takes the field to new heights in the first decade of the 21st Century' - Professor Cary L. Cooper, CBE, Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health at Lancaster University

`The book provides a unique and much needed 'voice' to the field of leadership studies, and will have a significant impact worldwide' - Professor Jonathan Gosling, Director of the Leadership Centre Exeter University

Providing a critical review and analysis of the key debates within leadership, this book challenges the notion of the individual or hero leader. The author develops the idea of leadership as a distributed process between lots of agents in an organization. In doing so he provides a new framework which readers can use to understand and implement this distributed type of leadership.

Chapters include vignettes and case studies to support readers' understanding of ideas, and pedagogical features emphasize core learning points.

To aid course tutors a teaching guide to accompany the book is available online from here

The author's own website can be found here

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Why a Critical Theory Approach to Leadership?
8
What is Leadership?
22
Leadership Power and Authority
41
Leadership and Diversity
57
Asymmetric Leadership
70
The Discourses of Leadership
80
The Leader as Controller
86
Religious Fundamentalism Looking Awry at the Messiah Leadership Discourse
127
Christian Fundamentalism and Corporate America
144
An Overview of the Leadership Discourses
162
Emergent Leadership The EcoLeader Discourse
173
Reflections Leadership Formation
198
Leaderships Approaches
209
Lead2lead A Case Study
211
Bibliography
215

The Leader as Therapist
90
The Leader as Messiah
105

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About the author (2007)

Currently: Director of Analytic-Network Coaching Ltd, offering a researched and innovative new coaching process, that aims to transform the way coaching impacts on both individuals and organizations. www.analyticnetwork.com

Our task is to work in ‘good faith’ to build the ‘good society


Theory and People Development: Academia and Teaching

Previously: Director of Coaching at Lancaster University Management School and Masters in Organizational Consultancy Tavistock Clinic. Simon has a pedigree of teaching internationally and publishing on leadership and coaching (Leadership a Critical Text, new edition in 2013). His thinking draws on cross-disciplinary research (psychoanalysis, organizational culture, religious studies, environmentalism) and also on his diverse and rich work experience. Having worked in a factory, as a general and psychiatric nurse, a clinical manager, family therapist, organizational consultant, academic and coach working in FT100 corporate offices.

He takes a psychosocial, critical and ethical perspective, to develop innovative ideas such as Eco-leadership, addressing ethical and business concerns in the ‘network society’.

Practitioner: Strategic Coach, and Consultant

Simon works internationally with C-Suite leaders across diverse organizations. His expertise is to work in depth and breadth, coaching individuals and teams through challenging times and developing strategic interventions across organizations.

Clients inc.: London Business School, Global OD Team HSBC Bank, CEO of Chemistry Co. leaders in Educational sector and CE0 and clinicians in Health sector and Hospice sector.

Positions

Honorary Teaching Fellow at Lancaster University Management School

Honorary Associate Fellow Department of Psychosocial Studies, Birkbeck University

Senior Fellow Birmingham University, Health Service Management Centre

Associate Tavistock Institute

Associate Tutor: Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre

Member: ISPSO, OPUS.

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