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 Eco-leadership discourse. Eco-leadership captures new leadership ideas and practices for twenty-first century organizations.
This widely anticipated second edition has been updated in line with recent events and the latest practice and research, with end of chapter questions encouraging reflection on key issues.
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.
An electronic inspection copy is available for instructors.
Simon Western is CEO and founder of Analytic-Network Coaching Ltd, an avant-garde coaching company whose purpose is to `coach leaders to act in good faith to create the good society' www.analyticnetwork.com. He is an internationally recognized thought leader on leadership, coaching and organizational behaviour. Taking his unique experience and an unusual theoretical position into the workplace, he draws on critical theory, networked theory, social movement theory and psychoanalysis to help leaders develop new insights, act ethically and create progressive change in organizations. Simon leads advanced coaching and leadership training courses to develop new `Eco-leadership' approaches to help leaders adapt to today's disruptive, network society. With over 200 registered coaches across the globe, Analytic-Network Coaching is growing fast. He shares his thinking as an international keynote speaker, academic and is author of three acclaimed books; Global Leadership Perspectives, Insights and Analysis (with Eric-Jean Gautier), Leadership: A Critical Text (3rd edn: Sage, 2019) and Coaching and Mentoring: A Critical Text (Sage 2012). Simon works directly with senior leaders on radical change strategies, organizational change and in-depth on personal and leadership challenges, drawing on his psychotherapist background.
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