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Contemporary Critical Perspectives

Second Edition
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Leadership | Leadership

April 2019 | 384 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Written from a global and critical perspective with a diverse range of cases and examples throughout, this is an inspiring read for developing leaders operating within global and multicultural work settings.

‘Power’ is taken as central theme for this book, opening up discussion about issues that are often neglected in leadership texts i.e. fairness, equity, justice, resistance, conflict, emancipation, oppression, rationality, politics, globalization, the natural environment, and knowledge.

New to this edition:

  • A new prologue: ‘An Unconventional History of Leadership Studies'
  • A new epilogue on ‘Embodied Leadership, Ethics, and its Affects’ written by David Knights, one of the authors of Embodied Research Methods (pub April 2019)
  • 3 new topical integrative case studies, based on current events: Jacinda Ardern’s pregnancy when PM; #MeToo; and Suma Foods co-operative
  • Updated research and pedagogical features throughout, including the ‘Leadership on Screen’ feature

The book is complemented by a range of online resources including PowerPoint slides, videos of the book’s authors providing an overview of the chapter and discussing why the topic is important, access to journal articles discussed in the book, and links to additional relevant material.

Table Of Contents
Suze Wilson
Prologue: An Unconventional History of Leadership Studies
Part I: Classical Theories of Leadership
Donna Ladkin
Chapter 1: Leadership, Management and Headship: Power, Emotion and Authority in Organizations
Scott Taylor
Chapter 2: Trait Theories of Leaders and Leadership: From Ancient Greece to Twenty-first-century Neuroscience
John Cullen
Chapter 3: Leading through Contingencies
Helen Delaney and Sverre Spoelstra
Chapter 4: Transformational Leadership: Secularized Theology?
Suze Wilson
Part II: Leading in Context
Brigid Carroll
Chapter 5: Leadership Learning and Development
Annie Pye
Chapter 6: Leadership, Governance and Strategy
Amanda Sinclair and Michelle Evans
Chapter 7: Difference and Leadership
Nancy Harding
Chapter 8: Studying Followers
PART III: Contemporary Perspectives
Simon Kelly
Chapter 9: Leadership and Process
Lucia Crevani
Chapter 10: Relational Leadership
Neil Sutherland
Chapter 11: Leadership without Leaders: Understanding Anarchist Organizing through the Lens of Critical Leadership Studies
Jackie Ford
Chapter 12: Leadership, Post-structuralism and the Performative Turn
Owain Smolovic-Jones and Brad Jackson
Chapter 13: Seeing Leadership: Becoming Sophisticated Consumers of Leadership
David Knights
Epilogue: Embodied Leadership, Ethics and its Affects


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For Instructors

  • PowerPoint slides

For Students:

  • Videos of the book’s authors providing an overview of the chapter and discussing why the topic is important.
  • Links to SAGE journal articles
  • Links to additional resources

The book provides some alternative views for the students to consider which assists their assignment discussions.

Mr Stuart Woodcock
Department of Law, Chester University
May 5, 2020

it is part of the essential texts for the Global Leadership and practice course and will be using some of the sections for the nodule

Dr Nceku Nyathi
Faculty of Business and Law, De Montfort University
September 20, 2019