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.

France: Exploring the French Paradoxes and Promises of Leadership

France: Exploring the French Paradoxes and Promises of Leadership

France: Exploring the French Paradoxes and Promises of Leadership

Valérie Petit: Professor of Management, Director of Open Leadership Innovation Center, EDHEC Business School


‘To me, a leader is Napoleon on the Pont d’Arcole!’,1 the CEO of a major French group told me in the early 2000s (Petit, 2013). Fifteen years later, I invariably hear references to Napoleon when I ask French people about leadership. I am always surprised by the persistence of this reference even though it is an accurate reflection of French representation of leadership and leaders. This Napoleonic syndrome is indicative of the terribly romantic and also paradoxical vision of leadership held by the French. In this chapter, I built on recent research and ...

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