1st Edition

Rethinking Leadership A Critique of Contemporary Theories

By Annabel Beerel Copyright 2021
    416 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    416 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book provides a detailed review of the key leadership theories and skills required during times of crises and radical uncertainty, how these can be developed, and how they can be applied in practice.

    Written over the course of the 2020 pandemic, the book highlights the immense lack of leadership competencies required for effective leadership in times of radical uncertainty and provides in-depth insights into the capacities and skills that should be part of all leadership development. The latest leadership theories, as well as existing key styles, including mindful leadership, the neuroscience of leadership, and transpersonal and adaptive leadership, are discussed and critiqued along with their potential contribution to developing effective leaders. Each chapter concludes with a convenient executive summary and questions that can be used for teaching purposes and class discussion.

    This is a comprehensive book about the interdisciplinary and multifaceted requirements of leadership and how to attain those capacities to develop effective leaders. It will be valuable for advanced undergraduate as well as postgraduate courses as a foundational resource on leadership theory and its application in practice.


    1. The World in Which we Need Leadership

    2. Introduction to Leadership Theory

    3.Organizational Behavior Influences and Studies

    4. Defining the Work of Leadership

    5. The Psychology of Leadership

    6. Leadership and Decision-Making

    7. Leadership in Times of Crisis

    8. Leadership and Management

    9. Systemic Leadership

    10. Adaptive Leadership

    11. Transpersonal Leadership

    12. Neuroscience, Leadership, and Mindfulness

    13. Mindful Leadership

    14. Transformational Leadership

    15. The Shadow Side of Leadership

    16. Ethical Leadership

    17. Gender, Diversity, and Leadership

    18. Leading a Multigenerational Workforce

    19. Conclusion – What Leaders Need Now



    Annabel Beerel is an international corporate consultant who specializes in leadership and ethics. She has written many books on a variety of subjects, three of which are on leadership.