Literature and Leadership: The Role of the Narrative in Organizational Sensemaking, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Literature and Leadership

The Role of the Narrative in Organizational Sensemaking, 1st Edition

By John R Shoup, Troy W. Hinrichs


136 pages

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Hardback: 9780367266455
pub: 2019-08-30
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Great literature provides didactic commentaries on universal themes in the drama of life and provide visceral lessons on leadership. The careful reading of timeless novels position readers to emerge as astute protagonists in their own story in 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 being 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 develops leaders to have a sophisticated understanding of historical and contemporary cultures, events, and people.
    • Documents how powerful narratives either promote or diminish human flourishing.
    • Illustrate the usefulness of all great literature and stories in shaping, engaging, and compelling work place narratives that inspire and engage the collective.
    • Equip leaders and managers with the knowledge and skills to embrace the drama of leadership and engage in meaningful sense-making to help organizations thrive.
    • Encourage 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 to serve 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.

Table of Contents

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

About the Authors

John R. Shoup serves as the Dean of the School of Education and the Director of the Dr. Paul and Annie Kienel Leadership Institute at California Baptist University in Riverside, California, US.

Troy W. Hinrichs is a 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.

About the Series

Leadership Horizons

The original and timeless research on leadership is situated in the classical works associated with the humanities. Great literature, art, theatre, philosophy, and music provide both existential and visceral insights to the drama of leadership beyond what traditional approaches to leadership studies have been able to furnish up to now. Returning the classics to the leadership genre equips leaders with a culturally informed language and narrative to develop the often ignored aesthetical aspects of leadership. This series connects lessons from various great works in art, literature, philosophy, theatre, and music to specific leadership research and contemporary leadership challenges.

Leadership Horizons is relevant to students and researchers across business and management, organizational and institutional studies, and the humanities.

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