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 book set out with two clear aims, which in conclusion we have achieved to some degree. We invited our authors to write their chapters and to focus on:
- ‘Allowing leadership to speak with different voices …’
- ‘To open up a new space for leadership to speak, reflecting historical, cultural, economic and sociocultural influences’
Achieving these aims is, of course, only partial, and we will say more about this later. We have been delighted by the responses, and the 20 chapters produced such rich material that it was a very difficult task to undertake an analysis worthy of the chapters’ rich content. There is much more to be done and we invite each reader to ...