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.

Scandinavia: Scandinavian Leadership and the (E)Quality Imperative

Scandinavia: Scandinavian Leadership and the (E)Quality Imperative

Scandinavia: Scandinavian Leadership and the (E)Quality Imperative

Johan Grant: executive coach, leadership consultant and assistant professor

Yngve Magnus Ulsrød: executive coach and business consultant


The Scandinavian region, consisting of Norway, Denmark and Sweden, is among the wealthiest, happiest and most peaceful parts of the world (Helliwell et al., 2016).

There is no unified conception of Scandinavian leadership but some studies have been carried out revealing some differences in the leadership culture between the Scandinavian countries (Grenness, 2003). However, we think there are important similarities and an ongoing convergence in our region driven by what we will call the (E)quality imperative. ‘We’ the authors are a Swedish organizational psychologist and a Norwegian corporate executive, both with long experience with Scandinavian organizations ...

  • Loading...
locked icon

Sign in to access this content

Get a 30 day FREE TRIAL

  • Watch videos from a variety of sources bringing classroom topics to life
  • Read modern, diverse business cases
  • Explore hundreds of books and reference titles