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 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.
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
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.