Research into leadership often focuses on standard business organizations. We know little about these proposed models apply to leadership in other contexts, such as the military, sports, film and television industries or religious organizations. Here, we deliberately reverse the idea of investigating how standard models fit into non-standard contexts; we want to know what leadership lessons can be drawn from compelling yet understudied contexts. Research and theory from four types of contexts are presented: Those characterized by high levels of competition, such as sport, those in which the generation of innovation and creativity is crucial e.g. film and television, high-risk contexts such as the military and aviation, and those where fostering the well-being of others is at the core. To summarize, as much as we can learn about leadership from standard business organizations and apply it to unusual contexts, the same applies the other way round: Idiosyncrasies of compelling contexts teach us fundamental lessons about leadership which are also applicable to other settings.
Introduction: Exploring Compelling Contexts Through Paradox, Tension, and New Approaches to Leadership. Leadership in the National Football League: Do Leaders Make a Difference?. Following the Leader in Sports: A Targeted Review and a Rally for Extended Research. What Lessons Can We Learn from Football about Leadership and Management?. The Role of Leaders in Managing Envy and its Consequences for Competition in Organizations. Leading High-Risk Teams in Aviation. Terrorist Leaders - How Ethical Must They Be?. Leadership Lessons from Creative Industries: The Case of Producers, Directors, and Executives in Film and Television. The "Genre Bender": The Creative Leadership of Kathryn Bigelow. Children's Stories as a Foundation for Leadership Schemas: More than Meets the Eye. Expertise Coordination over Distance: Shared Leadership in Dispersed New Product Development Teams. Leadership in Academia: Individual and Collective Approaches to the Quest for Creativity and Innovation. Emotional Labor among West Texas Baptist Pastors: Potential Threats to Leader Authenticity and Lessons Learned. Finding Meaning in Highly Uncertain Situations: Servant Leadership during Change. Leadership in Volunteer Multistakeholder Groups Tackling Complex Problems. Conclusion: Leadership Lessons from Compelling Contexts. Leadership Lessons from Compelling Contexts. Monographs in Leadership and Management. About the Editors. Copyright page. List of Contributors. Leadership Lessons from Compelling Contexts. About the Authors. Paradox and Challenges in Military Leadership. Acknowledgements.
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