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.

Praxis and More Conversation

Praxis and more conversation

As I contemplated ending this book, two different directions for future work became increasingly clear to me. The first involves the practical implications of discursive leadership. Generally speaking, leadership psychologists do a much better job of drawing out these implications than discursive leadership scholars to date.1 However, because discourse analysts open up the processes of social construction, they can play a key role in helping leadership actors understand how they create the realities to which they must then respond. Thus, the first half of this chapter examines the implications of discursive leadership for praxis.

Regarding the rest of the chapter, what I have written thus far is one turn in what I hope will be an ongoing conversation with ...

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