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Adaptive Leadership in a Global Economy
Perspectives for Application and Scholarship

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December 29, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
296 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

With the entire world experiencing the global pandemic and its aftermath, VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous) conditions have never been more extreme and the need for adaptive leadership never more urgent. But how is adaptive leadership applied outside Western cultures? How can it be taught through leadership development programs? Which tools enhance its practice and its teaching? How does adaptive leadership relate to other key theories and practices?

This volume answers these questions and more as it illustrates how adaptive leadership practices address some of the world’s most pressing challenges-political and cultural division, remote work, crisis management-across a variety of sectors. Adaptive leadership has been explained as a key leadership approach for dealing with adaptive, as distinguished from technical or predictable, problems, especially prevalent in complex environments. However, adaptive leadership scholarship has suffered from a lack of conceptual clarity and casual application of its core concepts. It remains solidly Western in its prescriptions. This book will expand readers’ understanding of adaptive leadership and its potential to solve local and global adaptive challenges and will explore its relevance and application to cultures outside the United States.

Aiming to increase conceptual clarity about adaptive leadership to enhance future scholarship and application and illustrate novel approaches and perspectives, this book will be of interest to researchers, academics, practitioners, and students in the fields of leadership, strategy, and organizational studies.

Table of Contents

Section 1: Foundations

1. Adaptive and Complexity Leadership: Stronger Together

Mohammed Raei and Cheryl LeMaster

2. Giving Credit Where It’s Due: The Theories that Support Adaptive Leadership

Harriette Thurber Rasmussen and Michael Christopher Boyce

3. How Teaching Resilience Can Enable Adaptive Leadership

Jennifer Eggers

4. Adaptive Leadership and Improvement Science: Natural Bedfellows

Harriette Thurber Rasmussen, Jacqueline Hawkins, and Robert Crow

5. Soul Space for Adaptive Work

Jonathan Reams

Section 2: Adaptive Leadership in Action

6. Adaptive Practices on Global Virtual Teams

Lejla Bilal

7. Leading from Betwixt and Between: Exploring how Liminal, Rhizomic Spaces Shape, Deepen, and Sustain Adaptive Leadership Mindsets Within Complex Healthcare Systems

Renee Charney and Lisa Gick

8. Modifying the Stories We Tell: Discourse as Racial Justice Capacity Building in the Helping Professions

Cherie Bridges Patrick and Lindsay Lyons

9. Activism Has Lost Its Way: The Case for Micro-Activism 

Jeffrey M. Hardesty, Michael Christopher Boyce, and Harriette Thurber Rasmussen

10. Leading Through Crisis: The Adaptive Leadership of Jacinda Ardern

Deidre M. Le Fevre

Section 3: Adaptive Leadership Across Cultures

11. Adaptive leadership in the Chinese Context: Can Adaptive Leadership be Applied in China?

Mohammed Raei

12. Kabuki Leadership: Cultivating Adaptive Leadership in a Hierarchical Collectivist Culture in Japan

Risako (Lisa) Watanabe and Ryosuke (Reo) Watanabe

13. Japanese Universities’ Response to the Global Pandemic Crisis: Harnessing Collective Intelligence to Activate Adaptive and Collaborative Leadership Practices

Soyhan Egitim

14. Democratic Indigenous Adaptive Leadership (DIAL): An American Indian Women Leadership Model

Shannon Kenny and Four Arrows aka Don Trend Jacobs 

15. The Adaptive Leader as a Mentor–A Practice from Brazil

Magda C Kaspary and Rita Michel

16. Applications of Adaptive Leadership in Central and Eastern European Contexts

Tomas Hancil and Mathew Rich-Tolsma

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Mohammed Raei is an Independent Leadership and Organization Development Consultant.

Harriette Thurber Rasmussen is Assitant Clinical Professor at Drexel University’s School of Education, USA.


"A substantial contribution of voices thoughtfully questioning the applicability of prevailing Western leadership models to our time. In a world beset by wicked challenges from the pandemic to authoritarianism to climate change, the chapters look at adaptive leadership’s ability to address our planet in peril." Laurien Alexandre, PhD, Dean, Graduate School of Leadership & Change, Antioch University, USA

"Adaptive Leadership in a Global Economy: Perspectives for Application and Scholarship offers multiple lenses to look through at the adaptive leadership framework. One of its strengths is the consideration of leadership - as it is described: 'a decision to act', 'curiosity and learning - in cross-cultural contexts." Tamas Kowalik, Third Floor Research Associate & 08’ Harvard Kennedy School Alumnus, USA