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Global Leadership Perspectives
Insights and Analysis


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Leadership

April 2018 | 328 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

A critical, global counterpoint to more western-centric texts 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 analyse 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.

 
Part I: INSIGHTS
 
Chapter 1: Arab Middle East: Diwan, Ummah and Wasta: The Pillars of Arab Leadership
 
Chapter 2: Argentina: Gaucho's, Rebels and Dictators: Leadership in Argentina
 
Chapter 3: Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN): In Pursuit of ASEAN Pride
 
Chapter 4: Australia: Leadership Identity in the Making
 
Chapter 5: Brazil: Tensions, Contradictions and Development
 
Chapter 6: China: Paternalism and Paradox of Leadership at the Dawn of a New Era
 
Chapter 7: Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC): Ambiguities and Challenges of Leadership
 
Chapter 8: Ethiopia: The Faces of Leadership in Ethiopia
 
Chapter 9: France: Exploring the French Paradoxes and Promises of Leadership
 
Chapter 10: Germany: German Leadership: A Dialectical Approach
 
Chapter 11: India: Cultural Ethos and Leadership Styles: Indian Perspectives
 
Chapter 12: Japan: You're the Leader? The Long-Term Relationship Approach to Japanese Leadership
 
Chapter 13: Mexico: The Essence of Leadership in Mexico
 
Chapter 14: Poland: Swaying Between Functionalism and Humanistic Management
 
Chapter 15: Russia: Leadership in Russia: Between Hero and Victim
 
Chapter 16: Scandinavia: Scandinavian Leadership and the (E)quality Imperative
 
Chapter 17: South Africa: A Racialized and Gendered Leadership Landscape
 
Chapter 18: Turkey: Thriving on Uncertainty: Leadership in Turkey
 
Chapter 19: The United Kingdom: Dis-United Kingdom? Leadership at a Crossroads
 
Chapter 20: United States of America: Mourning in America: Leadership in the Divided States of America
 
Part II: Analysis
 
Chapter 21: Unravelling Leadership: Introduction to Analysis and Methodology
 
Chapter 22: The Four Discourses of Leadership
 
Chapter 23: Insider-Leadership: A Discourse Analysis
 
Chapter 24: Outsider-Leadership: In Search of Lack
 
Conclusion

For anyone interested in leadership, this is an outstanding book. Conceptual rigour, empirical richness, a global reach, telling examples, a sensitivity to cultural differences and imaginative ideas, what more could one want? And yet, this volume does offer us more, no less than a brand new sense of leadership in and for the twenty-first century.

Ronald Barnett
Emeritus Professor of Higher Education, University College London Institute of Education

In our global world this book by Simon Western and Eric-Jean Garcia is highly overdue. They make quite clear—similar to the observation that there is no baby without a mother—that there is no leader without a context. The authors have made a heroic effort to point out to people interested in the subject of leadership that its essence can only be understood in a contextual, cultural way. This book is a required reading for anyone who truly wants to understand what leadership is all about.

Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries
Distinguished Clinical Professor of Leadership Development and Organizational Change, INSEAD, France

Thoughtful essays by local experts, brilliantly brought together by two analyses - the first categorising and correlating what they say; the second drawing out what they don’t say, and thereby revealing more about leadership than anything else I have seen in the past few years. And who can resist a book that starts off with asking 'What drives the libidinal economy of leadership and followership dynamics?', then goes on to 'bring into the picture past echoes of war, freedom struggles, authoritarianism, trauma and of rich relational and kinship networks … how culturally informed ways-of-being-in-the-world shape leadership and followership expectations and practices.' Definitely a must-read for scholars and leaders alike, and sure to spark debate and further studies.

Jonathan Gosling
Emeritus Professor of Leadership, University of Exeter; Lead Faculty, Forward Institute; Visiting Professor, Renmin University, China; CBS, Denmark and IEDC, Slovenia.

This is a must-have book for both practitioners and scholars of leadership since can enhance their awareness of leadership perspectives in an international context.

Dr Alexandros Psychogios
Professor of International Human Resource Management, Birmingham City University

This new book on leadership is most welcome indeed. In its descriptive section it allows the reader to confront and compare a wide array of approaches to leadership, demonstrating how different traditions and cultures shape leadership theory and practice. In its analytical section, it proposes a fresh and critical perspective on the different themes of the leadership literature, highlighting its achievements as well as its gaps, contradictions and remaining questions.

Erhard Friedberg
Professor Emeritus of Sociology, SciencesPo Paris

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Chapter 16: Scandinavian Leadership and the (E)Quality Imperative


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