Leadership: A Critical Text (2nd Revised edition)

Leadership: A Critical Text (2nd Revised edition)

By: Simon Western (author)Hardback

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When Simon Western's Leadership text first published, it received rave reviews from students, academics and practising leaders and managers all over the world. Written in an accessible style, the book challenges the notion of the individual or hero leader. Western develops the idea of leadership as a distributed process and provides a new framework for understanding and implementing this. Part one deconstructs leadership, providing a critical review and analysis of the key debates within leadership, part two reconstructs leadership, revealing the three dominant discourses of the controller, therapist and messiah, and a new chapter on eco-leadership develops ideas for a new leadership in 21st century organizations. This widely anticipated second edition has been completely updated in line with recent events and the latest practice and research. End of chapter questions encourage reflection and a new epilogue which brings together the core messages of the book. This insightful and inspiring text draws on Western's diverse consulting experience, combining theory and practice to offer insights into the real challenges facing leaders today. It is ideal reading for MBA and postgraduate students of Leadership, OB and HRM as well as practising managers and leaders.

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Simon is currently director of Analytic-Network Coaching Ltd, offering a researched and innovative new coaching process, that aims to transform the way coaching impacts on both individuals and organizations. He works strategically with CEOs and leadership teams in complex environments, such as banks and hospital eco-systems to implement whole-system changes. A-Nc Ltd has developed accessible and effective OD change processes, delivered through distributed leadership networks, whilst working with strategic coaching to CEOs and senior teams. This dual approach recognizes the need for alignment and full engagement between senior leaders and employees throughout the organization, to create dynamic and sustainable change. Recent clients include London Business School, Global OD Team HSBC Bank, CEO of international bank, CEO and leadership teams in the NHS, Education sector, not-for-profit organizations and SMEs. Simon draws on an unusually diverse and rich work experience, having previously worked in a factory, as a general and psychiatric nurse, psycho-therapist and Family Therapist, a clinical NHS manager, organizational consultant, executive coach, academic and company director.


Introduction Part One: Deconstructing Leadership Chapter 1. Why A Critical Approach to Leadership Chapter 2. What is Leadership? Chapter 3 Asymmetric Leadership: A Brief Case Study Chapter 4. Against Leadership: Autonomist Leadership Chapter 5. Leadership and Diversity Chapter 6. Leadership and Organizational Culture Chapter 7: Corporate Fundamentalism Part Two: Reconstructing Leadership Chapter 8. The Four Discourses of Leadership Chapter 9. The Controller Leadership Discourse Chapter 10. The Therapist Leadership Discourse Chapter 11. The Messiah Leadership Discourse Chapter 12. The Eco-Leadership Discourse Chapter 13. An Overview of the Leadership Discourses Chapter 14. Leadership Formation: Creating Spaces for Leadership to Flourish Chapter 15. Epilogue: Leadership in the Aftermath

Product Details

  • publication date: 27/08/2013
  • ISBN13: 9781446269893
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 384
  • ID: 9781446269893
  • ISBN10: 1446269892
  • edition: 2nd Revised edition

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