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Reflexive Leadership: Organising in an imperfect world

by Mats Alvesson, Martin Blom and Stefan Sveningsson Sage Publications Ltd
Pub Date:
01/2017
ISBN:
9781412961592
Format:
Pb+ 248 pages
Price:
AU$72.00 NZ$73.91
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In this exciting new book, Alvesson, Blom and Sveningsson make a case for a reflexive approach to leadership that is informed by in-depth studies of managers doing (or trying to do) leadership.


Considering and challenging various departures from lines of reasoning results in a book that draws upon rich empirical material and which has a number of new, provocative, critical and constructive ideas that help to develop sharper and more thoughtful thinking and practice - both in academic and practical contexts.


Suitable for leadership and organisation courses at upper-level undergraduate and upwards (including MBA-classes and Executive Education) and a thought provoking read for practitioners and management development professionals interested in leadership thought.

1. Leadership: The Need for a Reflexive Approach
2. On Reflection and Reflexivity
3. Perspectives on Leadership
4. Leadership Beyond Ideology
5. Leadership and Organizational Culture
6. Followership and Its Alternatives
7. Modes of Organizing
8. Leadership Varieties: The 5P Framework
9. Constraints on Leadership in Managerial Work
10. Alignment or Misfit in Leadership Constructions
11. Reflexive Group Work on Leadership and Its Alternatives
12. Reflexive and Unreflexive Leadership
13. The Reflexive Follower
14. Conclusions: Reflexivity, Trap-Awareness and a Suggested Way Forward

There are not many books on leadership that combine critical reflection, rigorous scholarship and a wide range of material. There are even fewer from authors that have actually studied leadership in situ and have something innovative to say on the topic. This book is one of those rare creatures: a treasure trove for the uninitiated and the expert alike: read it!


Keith Grint


Professor of Public Leadership & Management, University of Warwick


This book on reflexive leadership by three deeply-experienced scholars challenges the taken-for-granted assumptions and language of the leadership industry. The authors call for careful, critical thought about how to organize workplaces is a refreshing departure from the “unreflective mindlessness” that characterizes much of the celebratory literature on leadership.


Robert Jackall


Willmott Family Professor of Sociology & Public Affairs, Williams College


Reflexive Leadership challenges you to think differently about leadership. It is a refreshing break from the shibboleths of today's leadership approaches. It challenges you to clarify what leadership is and is not--and motivates you to respond in kind. An excellent read for scholars and practitioners alike!


Gail Fairhurst


Professor of Organizational Communication, University of Cincinnati
Mats Alvesson Lund University, Sweden


Martin Blom Lund University, Lund, Sweden


Stefan Sveningsson Lund University, Lund, Sweden