Leadership Paradoxes was shortlisted for the 2017 Management Book of the Year, an industry book award organised by the Chartered Management Institute and the British Library.
Leadership remains one of the most sought-after qualities in contemporary society, yet after centuries of research, education and debate it remains just as elusive as ever. Leadership Paradoxes: Rethinking Leadership for an Uncertain World argues that the key to understanding and enhancing leadership education, theory and practice lies in the recognition of its paradoxical tendencies.
Drawing on the expertise of an international team of leadership scholars and practitioners, this book examines common leadership paradoxes and challenges faced by leaders - and shows how they can be reconceived as opportunities to be embraced, rather than problems to be solved. Readers will benefit from reflective questions at the end of each chapter, plus a companion website at www.leadershipparadoxes.com offering further material and a forum for discussion.
Leadership Paradoxes will be valuable supplementary reading for students of leadership at advanced undergraduate, postgraduate, and post-experience level, as well as professionals seeking to improve their practice.
Richard Bolden is Professor of Leadership and Management and Director of Bristol Leadership Centre at the University of the West of England, UK Morgen Witzel is a Fellow of the Centre for Leadership Studies, Univerity of Exeter Business School, UK. Nigel Linacre is a co-founder of Extraordinary Leadership Ltd and is an affiliate of the Centre for Leadership Studies, University of Exeter, UK.
1. Introduction (Morgen Witzel, Richard Bolden and Nigel Linacre) 2.The first paradox of leadership is - leadership! (Morgen Witzel) 3. Paradoxes of perspective: leaders, leading and leadership (Richard Bolden) 4. Leadership Paradoxes of Team and Time (Nigel Linacre) 5. Paradoxical Truths in Heroic Leadership: Implications for Leadership Development and Effectiveness (Scott Allison and Jennifer Cecilione) 6.The Leader's Conundrum: A Paradox of Distortion (John Lawler and Jeff Gold) 7. Leadership and the paradoxes of authenticity (Inmaculada Adarves-Yorno) 8. The paradox of right and wrong (Jennifer Board) 9. Conclusion (Richard Bolden, Morgen Witzel and Nigel Linacre)