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.

Narrative Logics

Narrative logics

Where to begin? So much has been written on the role of narrative in leadership and organizations that there are wide avenues of choices for a single chapter. However, this chapter will focus on the relevance of narrative for leader-member exchange theory and research (Graen & Scandura, 1987; Graen & Uhl-Bien, 1995). Its strong social-psychological emphasis in the leader-member relationship, early narrative history, and a 30-year track record of mostly survey research make it an ideal subject.1 This chapter will also continue the previous chapter's efforts to examine intersecting views of discourse and Discourse; hence, the title “Narrative Logics” addresses itself to the use of narrative in social interaction as well as the narrative resources that various Discourses make available to communicating ...

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