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Metaphors We Lead By: Understanding Leadership in the Real World
Edited by Mats Alvesson and Andre Spicer


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Format: Hardcover, 232pp.
ISBN: 9780415568456
Publisher: Routledge
Pub. Date: December 30, 2010

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We live in a leadership-obsessed society. The result is that we assume nearly any social or economic ill can be mended through better leadership. Sometimes, this commitment to leadership is followed by hero worshipping, wishful thinking and misplaced hope.

Seeking to understand the faith we place in leadership, the authors draw on a number of in-depth studies of managers trying to "do" leadership. It presents six metaphors for the leader: as gardener, cosy-crafter, saint, cyborg, commander and bully. Some of these offer unexpected insights into how leadership does and does not work. The book sheds light on a varied - often contradictory and sometimes darker - side of leadership.

Cutting through the management-speak drenched current literature on leadership, Metaphors We Lead By presents an enlightening and refreshing understanding of an important topic. It will be useful reading for students and researchers, as well as the thinking manager.


 
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Mats Alvesson is Professor of Business Administration at the Lund University, Sweden. He is also affiliated with University of Queensland Business School. Another of his recent books, Changing Organizational Culture, is also available from Routledge. André Spicer is an Associate Professor of Organisation Studies at Warwick Business School, University of Warwick, UK. He is also a visiting research fellow at the University of Lund, Sweden. His recent publications (as co-author) include Unmasking the Entrepreneur and Understanding Corporate Life.



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1Introduction (Mats Alvesson and André Spicer)
2Theories of Leadership (Mats Alvesson and André Spicer)
3Metaphors for Leadership (André Spicer and Mats Alvesson)
4Leaders as Saints: Leadership through Moral Peak Performance (Mats Alvesson)
5Leaders as Gardeners: Leadership through Facilitating Growth (Tony Huzzard and Sverre Spoelstra)
6Leaders as Buddies: Leadership through Making People Feel Good (Stefen Svenningsson and Martin Blom)
7Leaders as Commanders: Leadership through Creating Clear Direction (André Spicer)
8Leaders as Cyborgs: Leadership through Mechanistic Superiority (Sara Louis Muhr)
9Leaders as Bullies: Leadership through Intimidation (Dan Kärreman)
10Communicating Leadership Metaphors (Gail Fairhurst)
11Conclusion (André Spicer and Mats Alvesson)



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