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Discursive Leadership

Discursive Leadership
In Conversation with Leadership Psychology

February 2007 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Discursive Leadership presents a new, groundbreaking way for scholars and graduate students to examine and explore leadership. Differing from a psychological approach to leadership which tries to get inside the heads of leaders and employees, the author focuses on the social or communicative aspects between them. A discursive approach to leadership introduces a host of relatively new ideas and concepts and helps us understand leadership's changing role in organizations.
1: Two Traditions
2: Sequence and Temporal Form
3: Membership Categorization
4: Disciplinary Power
5: Self-Identities, Interpretive Repertoires
6: Narrative Logics
7: Material Mediations
8: Praxis and More Conversation

"Citing the well known adage that there are as many definitions of leadership as there are leadership scholars, Fairhurst acknowledges the contributions which psychologists have made to leadership research, before probing the inevitable limitations to their formidable body of work.  Fairhurst's work is also thought provoking on the issue of authenticity on the part of leaders."


Dennis Tourish
Robert Gordon University

"Unusually for an edited book, this text offers strong insights and cogency of argument throughout. In general, in my opinion, it manages to maintain a discursive focus while avoiding the exaggerated claims for the value of its approach that often mar this kind of endeavour."

Dennis Tourish
Aberdeen Business School, Robert Gordon University, UK
Human Relations

A critical engagement that provides a comprehensive elaboration on the leadership narrative

Dr Abdoulie Sallah
Business School, Staffordshire University
November 13, 2014

an excellent work but not suitable for the students undertaking the course. I have personally recommended it to others though

Mr Brian Boag
Nurisng and Midwifery, University of the West of Scotland
February 18, 2013

Explores some interesting concepts, however could only be used as supplemental reading to this course as it is not general enough for what I require

Ms Emma Stevens
Centre for Lifelong learning, Hull University
September 24, 2011

very interesting book discussing language in organizational processes, however not fully filling the function that I needed for this particular course

Dr Claudia Bernhard-Oettel
Department of Psychology, Stockholm University
April 18, 2011

Good interaction with leadership studies, but too specific for our basic course on "Models of Christian Leadership." However, highly recommended for students who'd like to pursue this direction in leadership further, which in the context of religious leadership, is a key direction.

Dr Jack Barentsen
Practical Theology, Evangelische Theologische Faculteit
December 31, 2010

Gail T. Fairhurst

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