A critical, global counterpoint to more western-centric that will appeal to critical leadership scholars, those teaching leadership from a critical perspective and those teaching leadership with an international focus. Split into two parts; its first part presents the local and regional variations in leadership from across the globe, with each of the twenty individual authors presenting the histories, cultures, tensions and social changes that shape the practice of everyday leadership in their respective region. Regions and countries included are: the Arab Middle East, Argentina, ASEAN, Australia, Brazil, China, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, France, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Scandinavia, South Africa, Turkey, UK, USA. In the second part, the editors then critically analyses these chapters and identify the key themes and specific issues, enabling the reader to challenge their own leadership perceptions and move beyond the normative, uncritical approach to leadership. Suitable reading for leadership students, researchers and practitioners looking to enhance their knowledge of global leadership.

The Four Discourses of Leadership

The Four Discourses of Leadership

The Four Discourses of Leadership
Simon Western

This chapter offers a brief overview of the four dominant leadership discourses that are used in the insider-leadership discourse analysis. These discourses emerged at different times over the past century in the West, and are all mainstream leadership discourses that remain present today: Controller leadership, Therapist leadership, Messiah leadership and Eco-leadership (Western, 2008, 2013). Figure 22.1 shows when each discourse emerged and dominated, and how each still exists today.

An overview

The leadership discourses are used as a heuristic device to promote further enquiry and learning, rather than fixing leadership in a particular way. Each leadership discourse is not ‘good’ or ‘bad’ and the discourses are not exclusive. One discourse can ...

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