This book shows readers how to rethink and reimagine leadership and charts a course towards a new vision of leadership. It outlines lessons to be learned for leadership – not only after the COVID pandemic but also in light of other ongoing crises around issues such as climate change and global inequality.
The pandemic has shone a harsh spotlight not just on the leaders of organisations but on the concept of leadership itself and the way we lead. Many of those who were in positions of power before the crisis have been found wanting; too often, our idols have turned out to have feet of clay. But does the problem lie with the leaders themselves, or do the roots of the problem lie deeper? Do we need to start rethinking and reimagining the kind of leadership we will need in a post-COVID world? Post-Pandemic Leadership brings voices from every sector to demonstrate what changes we can make in order to make leadership fit for purpose in the twenty-first century.
Illustrating a need for a radical change in leadership, with leaders focusing much more on human relationships, kindness, fairness, well-being and a general sense of responsibility, this book will be of interest to both established leaders and the next generation of leaders in education and in practice.
Table of Contents
Part I Reflections on Leadership in Crisis
2. Don’t Lose Your Head: Resilience Through Kindness with the Konyaks of Nagaland
3. In Search of Fairness in Leadership
Gay Haskins and Mike Thomas
4. The Boy Who Cried Flow: Unicorns and Fabulist Leadership in Times of Covid-19
Keith Grint and Clare Holt
5. Leadership in a National Crisis
6. Spontaneous Leadership
7. Calling Time on Leadership Myths
8. By Force or Fire: African Leadership Must Change or Leave
Part II Future Directions
9. Seeds Beneath the Snow: Lessons from Anarchist Leadership
10. Leadersmithing, Mistakes and Remorse
Eve Poole and Anthony Bash
11. Addicted to Leadership: From Crisis to Recovery
Lucie Hartley and Richard Bolden
12. The Power of Humble: Re-imagining the Power of Leaders after Covid-19
13. How Therapists Became the Unlikely Face of Leadership During the Pandemic
14. Why and How Leaders Can Navigate Reputation Among Multiple Stakeholders
William S. Harvey
15. The Future of Cultural Leadership
16. Creating Certainty: Learning Leadership During Covid-19
Mike Cladingbowl and Alison Hooper
17. Leadership in Crisis: What Lessons Can Be Learned from the NHS Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic in 2020-21?
18. Leadership in Social Enterprises
19. The Modern Leader: A Focus on Wellbeing
Liam Hartley and Graham Wilson
20. Dynamic Amidst Change: Exploring the Role of Millennials and GenZs
Karl Moore and Lauren Kirigin
Morgen Witzel is a lecturer and Fellow of the Exeter Centre for Leadership at The University of Exeter Business School, UK. His recent publications include Management: The Basics, 2nd edition (Routledge 2022) and A History of Leadership (Routledge 2019).