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.

Self-Identities, Interpretative Repertoires

Self-identities, interpretative repertoires

Having previously theorized about leadership traits, styles, situations, behaviors, and a host of contingencies, it was perhaps only a matter of time before leadership psychologists focused on the ‘self’ and ‘identity’ in their theorizing of leadership. Two emerging bodies of theory in leadership psychology exemplify this trend. They include follower self-identity theory (Lord & Brown, 2004; Lord, Brown, & Freiberg, 1999) and authentic leadership (Avolio & Gardner, 2005; Gardner et al., 2005; Ilies, Morgeson, & Nahrgang, 2005). As this chapter reveals, these theories reflect conceptions of the self that differ from those in discursive leadership. In a discussion of these differences, we continue to draw from the work of Foucault, but also the role played by multiple Discourses in self-identity ...

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