Recognizing and responding to change is the oxygen of life for an organization, and leadership is fundamentally about focusing organizations on these new realities. Leadership and Change Management provides the reader with a practical, real-world understanding of several dimensions of leadership that are usually neglected in management textbooks, such as the nature of new realities and how managers can improve their insight into them, and how leaders can identify and overcome resistance to change.

Drawing on a wide range of insightful, global real-life case studies to capture the imagination, the topics covered include critical systems thinking, philosophies of leadership, group dynamics, authority, ethics, personal character and the psychology of leadership.

This comprehensive text will be of interest to anyone looking for a more thoughtful engagement with the key issues in leadership and change management.

Organizational Behavior, Group Dynamics and Change

Organizational behavior, group dynamics and change

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Chapter 1 introduced the concept of new realities. New realities signal change, and change is challenging. Change creates anxiety. This chapter explains why organizations exist in continuous tension around a variety of existential anxieties that are ever present. Change, especially radical change, causes organizational anxiety to escalate. Organizational behavior and group dynamics reflect organization members' ability to deal with the distress caused by managing the various anxieties they experience.

We adopt the group relations approach to organizational behavior to provide a framework for understanding the emotional undertow of organizations and the tensions that exist. The group relations approach is a psychodynamic approach that focuses on the conscious and unconscious processes of group behavior. ...

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