1st Edition

Literature and Leadership The Role of the Narrative in Organizational Sensemaking

By John Shoup, Troy Hinrichs Copyright 2020
    128 Pages
    by Routledge

    128 Pages
    by Routledge

    Great literature provides didactic commentaries on universal themes in the drama of life and visceral lessons on leadership. The careful reading of timeless novels position readers to emerge as astute protagonists in their own stories in the context of the grander narrative and internalize universal themes of the human story. Students of the great works of literature also emerge culturally literate, with a better understanding of themselves and others in relation to nobler virtues, traditions, and purposes. In addition to demonstrating great works of literature as among the first formal books on leadership, this book makes explicit connections between the study of literature and the research found in leadership and management studies.

    This book:

      • Provides a bridge between the robust literary world and the leadership and management genre.
      • Demonstrates how language and literature uniquely develop leaders to have a sophisticated understanding of historical and contemporary cultures, events, and people.
      • Documents how powerful narratives either promote or diminish human flourishing.
      • Illustrates the usefulness of all great literature and stories in shaping engaging and compelling workplace narratives that inspire and engage the collective.
      • Equips leaders and managers with the knowledge and skills to embrace the drama of leadership and engage in meaningful sensemaking to help organizations thrive.
      • Encourages readers to be connoisseurs of great works of literature and include such works in their leadership libraries.

    This book is ideal for the initiated and uninitiated in the study of literature and leadership by making explicit complementary and relevant insights to make reading and leading much more meaningful. Those unfamiliar with great literature will gain a deeper appreciation for books serving as tutors and mentors in the ways of leadership and become more discerning readers. Those unfamiliar with the leadership genre will improve their acumen to use endearing and enduring narratives to influence people and organizations.

    Chapter One: Reading the Goof and The Good from Reading

    Chapter Two: Don Quixote, Moby-Dick, and Pride and Prejudice: Exemplars

    Chapter Three: Leadership Insights from Don Quixote, Moby-Dick, and Pride and Prejudice

    Chapter Four: Leading Through Reading and Storytelling


    John R. Shoup is Professor of Education, the Program Director for the PhD in Leadership Studies, and the Executive Director of the Dr. Paul and Annie Kienel Leadership Institute at California Baptist University in Riverside, California, US.

    Troy W. Hinrichs is Professor of Criminal Justice and political science as well as a Fellow at the Dr. Paul and Annie Kienel Leadership Institute at California Baptist University in Riverside, California, US.