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.


Introduction: Simon Western and Éric-Jean Garcia

This book sets out to ‘allow leadership to speak with different voices’, to liberate leadership from how it is portrayed in the dominant academic and popular literature, and to discover local and regional variations of leadership thinking and practice.

The contents of this book reveal a much richer, contextualized, diverse and culturally informed set of leadership themes and approaches that challenge the limits of the dominant ‘insider-leadership’ discourses. We share 10 important findings from this book:

  • There are very rich differences in leadership across all 20 regions. The analysis found unique culturally informed examples of leadership themes and approaches that open new possibilities for understanding and developing emergent leadership practice and theory.
  • Leadership research and practices need to find new research ...
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