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1st Edition

Reflexive Leadership in Context

ISBN 9780367511166
Published November 30, 2020 by Routledge
94 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This concise textbook seeks to unpack the real-life complexities of leadership by examining the theories and models surrounding it and encouraging self-analysis in the individual’s own contexts.

The book:

  • Provides an outline  of the various perspectives of leadership theory;
  • Develops a critical and robust framework for considering existing leadership theory and consequently applying leadership practice across the organization;
  • Identifies important individual characteristics likely to enhance leadership practice in the workplace;
  • Considers a framework for analyzing leadership performance and methods and practicalities for application.

Reflexive Leadership in Context provides a practical and concise introduction for executive education students currently studying for MSc/MBA apprenticeship programs, as well as supplementary reading for postgraduate students studying modules within leadership and management.

Table of Contents

1. What do we know about leadership?

2. Mainstream Theories, Visions and Transformations

3. Leadership, Organisation and Teams

4. Social Constructionism, Stories and Culture

5. Followers and Leadership

6. Power, politics, resistance and leadership

7. Doing the right thing: Doing things right

8. Becoming Leaderful

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Paul Evans is  Lecturer in Leadership and Management Development at the Alliance Manchester Business School, Manchester, UK.


"It is very difficult to find leadership books which combine academic rigour with practical relevance. Paul Evan's book manages to achieve this whilst also being engaging, concise and parsimonious. This is a great entry level resource for students and practitioners of leadership alike."

Daniel Muzio, Professor of Management at University of York, UK

"Reflexive Leadership in Context improves our understanding by moving us beyond the traditional theoretical confines of the area to embrace self-analysis as well as critical frameworks for understanding leadership in practice. The book will indispensable for both students and teachers of leadership alike. An excellent contribution – highly recommended."

John Hassard, Professor of Organizational Analysis, Alliance Manchester Business School, The University of Manchester, UK

"Despite the millions of words written and spoken about leadership, still we see chronic problems with the ways in which organizations, firms and nations are led. Paul Evans' book provides a welcome critique of the simplicity and inadequacy of so much of the leadership canon while also offering wise practical guidance. An indispensable introduction to a topic of enduring importance."

Leo McCann, Professor of Management, University of York, UK