Thinking differently about leadership: A critical history of leadership studies

Last updated, 30 May 2016
TitleThinking differently about leadership: A critical history of leadership studies
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsWilson, S
Refereed DesignationRefereed
Series TitleNew Horizons in Leadership Studies
CityCheltenham, UK
PublisherEdward Elgar
Number of Pages288
Short TitleThinking differently about leadership
ISBN978 1 78471 678 3
Keywordscritical management studies, Foucault, leadership

Thinking Differently about Leadership asks why and how we have come to understand leadership in the way we now do, and the consequences that arise from these understandings. Its critical interrogation of Classical Greek, Medieval and modern social-scientific ideas reveals troubling assumptions and problematic expectations for leaders and followers, which are key features of leadership theorizing both in the past and present day.

Its unique, multi-faceted analysis identifies non-scientific factors that have profoundly influenced the development of leadership science in the modern era. Arguing that conventional understandings of leadership today are deeply problematic, the book examines why we ought to think differently about leadership and offers an approach for doing so. 

The book offers a framework for leadership theory-building which readers can use to apply to their own context, making it an ideal resource for critical management and leadership scholars as well as studentsand practitioners, who will value its novel focus and perspective.

Refereed DesignationRefereed