1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Leadership

    640 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    640 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Leadership has never been more important – and divisive – than it is today. The idea and discourse of the leader remains a critical factor in organizational and societal performance, but there is evident tension between the persistent focus on the critical importance of individual leaders and the increasing emphasis on collective leadership. The Routledge Companion to Leadership provides a survey of the contentious and dynamic discipline of leadership.

    This collection covers key themes in the field, including advances in leadership theory, leadership in a range of contexts and geographies, leadership failure, leadership process, and leadership development. Topics range from micro studies to wider political analyses of leadership, taking in unusual but important aspects such as portrayals of leadership in architecture, media, and science fiction. Contributions from 61 internationally renowned authors from 16 countries make available the full range of perspectives, approaches, and insights on the idea of leadership. Providing both a social sciences and a psychological approach, these go beyond common themes to offer diverse perspectives on such topics as emotion and leadership, portrayals of leadership. This volume situates leadership debates and evidence within contemporary leadership crises, while ensuring that the explorations of the issues are of enduring relevance.

    With wide and critical coverage of the key topics and potent contextualization of themes in current events, The Routledge Companion to Leadership is the ideal resource for graduate study in leadership.


    Part 1: Conceptualising Leadership


    1. What is Leadership: Person, result, position, or process, or all or none of these? Keith Grint, Owain Smolovik Jones and Clare Holt

    2. Recognizing and Realizing the Market Value of Leadership Dave Ulrich & Justin Allen

    3. Beyond the Hero-Leader: Leadership by Collectives Viviane Sergi, Jean-Louis-Denis and Ann Langley

    4. Understanding Leadership in the Face of Crisis and Uncertainty David E. Rast, III and Michael A. Hogg

    Part 2: Studying Leadership


    5. Studying Leadership: Taking meaning, relationality and ideology seriously Mats Alvesson

    6. Instead of angels: Leaders, leadership and longue durée Peter Gronn

    7. Critical Perspectives on Leadership Studies Scott Taylor and Jackie Ford

    8. Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Leadership Irma Rybnikova

    9. Leadership and Power Brigid Carroll and Josh Firth

    10. Followership in Context Mary Uhl-Bien and Melissa Carsten

    11. Leadership Succession in Politics and Business Fredrik Bynander and Paul ‘t Hart

    12. Leadership in Interaction Magnus Larsson

    Part 3: Practising Leadership


    13. Politics in Leadership Jean Hartley

    14. Great Expectations and Great Limitations: Walking the Tightrope of Political Leadership in the 21st Century Matthew Laing and James Walter

    15. Co-leadership: Contexts, Configurations and Conditions Emilie Gibeau, Wendy Reid and Ann Langley

    16. Leadership on the Board: The Role of the Company Secretary Andrew Kakabadse, Nadeem Khan and Nada Kakabadse

    17. Practising Religious Leadership Jack Barentsen

    18. Practising clinical leadership John Storey and Richard Holti

    Part 4: Contextualising Leadership

    Introduction John Storey, Jean Hartley, Jean-Louis Denis, Paul 'T Hart, Dave Ulrich

    19. How does Institution Matter? Leadership Behaviour in Eastern and Western Europe Werner Auer-Rizzi and Gerhard Reber

    20. Consequences of Context: Political leadership and followership Barbara Kellerman

    21. Spirituality, Religion and Notions of Leadership Sverre Spoelstra

    22. Leadership, Masculinity and Ethics in Financial Services David Knights

    23. Global Leadership in Perspective Allan Bird, Mark E. Mendenhall, Joyce S. Osland, Gary Oddou and Sebastian Reiche

    24. Political Leadership in the 21st Century: Neo-Liberalism and the Rise of the CEO Politician Peter Bloom and Carl Rhodes

    Part 5: Evaluating Leadership


    25. The Anatomy of Destructive Leadership Ronald J. Burke

    26. Evaluating the Performance of Ethical Leadership Alan Lawton

    27. Leadership and Organizational Performance: State of the Art and a Research Agenda Eva Knies, Christian Jacobsen and Lars Tummers

    28. Leaders as spiritual heroes: the paradoxes of unlimited leader agency Dennis Tourish

    Part 6: Imagining Leadership


    29. Portrayals of Leadership in Science Fiction Kimberly Yost

    30. Media portrayals: from leadership cults to celebrity politicians Maja Simunjak and John Street

    31. Projecting Authority: Representations Leadership in Architecture Michael Minkenberg

    Part 7: Nurturing Leadership


    32. Can leadership be taught? Ann L. Cunliffe and Julie Wilson

    33. Diverse approaches to leadership development Jonathan Gosling and Ian Sutherland

    34. Identity construction and deconstruction in leadership development programmes Helen Delaney

    35. Discourse and Leader Identity Peter Sun


    36. Looking to the future of leadership John Storey, Jean Hartley, Jean-Louis Denis, Paul 'T Hart, Dave Ulrich


    John Storey is Professor of Human Resource Management at The Open University, UK.

    Jean Hartley is Professor of Public Leadership at The Open University, UK.

    Jean-Louis Denis is Professor of Public Management and Canada Research Chair in Governance and Transformation of Health Organizations and Systems at École nationale d'administration publique (ENAP), Canada.

    Paul 't Hart is Professor of Public Administration at Utrecht University, The Netherlands.

    Dave Ulrich is the Rensis Likert Professor of Business at the University of Michigan, USA.

    "Today, there is no shortage of encyclopedias and handbooks on leadership. Yet this excellent collection of chapters, co-edited by a team of accomplished leadership scholars from various fields, marks a most welcome and important addition to the international literature. While too often editors leave the crucial task of developing meaningful distinctions between, for example, conceptualizing, practicing and evaluating leadership, to their readers, this companion does a marvelous job ofbringing clarity, structure and perspective to a burgeoning field that has become notorious for its elusiveness. A truly indispensable resource."

    Ludger Helms, University of Innsbruck, Austria

    "This comprehensive book of leadership essays is an important addition to our understanding of this crucial element of social, economic and political organization in every society. Sophisticated in its framing, wide-ranging in its focus, this a book that will be useful for every student of leadership, regardless of their field."

    Stanley Renshon, City University of New York, USA

    "Covering a wide range of topics and written by experts in the field, this collection will be a valuable resource to all students of leadership looking for the most up-to-date and challenging thinking concerning this ubiquitous yet illusive phenomenon."

    Donna Ladkin, Plymouth University, UK

    "A ‘Companion’ is defined as someone with whom one spends a lot of time and with whom one travels. I anticipate that leadership educators and researchers throughout the world will relish the opportunity to travel intellectually in the company of the most interesting and provocative contemporary leadership thinkers who are gathered together in this intriguing volume."

    Brad Jackson, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand