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
"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