Discursive Leadership: In Conversation with Leadership Psychology presents a new, groundbreaking way for scholars and graduate students to examine and explore leadership. Differing from a psychological approach to leadership which tries to get inside the heads of leaders and employees, author Gail Fairhurst focuses on the social or communicative aspects between them. A discursive approach to leadership introduces a host of relatively new ideas and concepts and helps us understand leadership’s changing role in organizations.

Sequence and Temporal Form

Sequence and temporal form

Within the organizational sciences, the study of leadership is sometimes depicted as a discipline unto itself. For example, in his review of the literature, Bryman (1996) asserts that, “Leadership theory and research have been remarkably and surprisingly uncoupled from the more general field in which they are located” (p. 289). Both Gronn (2000) and Robinson (2001) concur and attribute it to an undertheorized view of task performance. However, Hosking (1988) argues that leadership researchers also err by conceptualizing the organization as an already formed entity, instead of one that is in a state of becoming.1 As such, they fail to conceptualize leaders as agents whose actions, as Giddens (1984) would say, “make a difference” in the ongoing course ...

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