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Open Source Leadership
Leslie Gadman and Cary Cooper

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Format: Hardcover, 256pp.
ISBN: 9780230201910
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Pub. Date: June 9, 2009

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The authors offer a new approach to leadership practice which is more appropriate for the challenges of today’s digitally networked economy. As more information and data becomes available in an open access format, we see the benefits that shared knowledge can bring to businesses and corporations. This book explores what leaders need to do to adapt and succeed in an Open Source world.


‘Why do we have so many theories of leadership? Because none of them work very well all of the time. For 70 years we have spewed out content leadership theories. In the new digital world of the twenty-first century we need a new leadership theory. This is it! Open Source Leadership is a process theory ruled by attention, awareness, intention…and, yes, structure. Open Source Leadership is by invitation, not by imposition. This important book invites each of us into the leadership process, drawing on the gifts, talents, and resources within us. The book poses the important questions without offering the final answers. YOU are the answer.’
—Professor James Campbell Quick, John and Judy Goolsby Distinguished Professor, Goolsby Leadership Academy, The University of Texas at Arlington

‘This book contains a big idea. The leadership model is changing. Leadership can come from anywhere, not just the top. Intriguingly the best leadership comes from the user of the product – the customer. They can shape the future direction of the enterprise.’
—Sir Terry Leahy, Chief Executive, Tesco

‘Gadman and Cooper have done an excellent job in empowering the reader to reflectively challenge their own perceptions and understandings of what it takes to be a successful contemporary leader. They provide easily readable chapters that spell out the skills required to take advantage of the open source revolution. Today, leaders cannot allow themselves to be prisoners of out of date or inadequate ways of thinking, or even see problems in isolation. Open Source Leadership explains how individuals can seize the advantage by better understanding how the power and collective energy and focus of people can overcome intractable problems. Finally, Open Source Leadership provides a guide for leaders on how inspiration and creativity can have a positive impact on their people and organisations.’
—Professor Iain Densten, Professor of Leadership and Director of the Lancaster Leadership Centre, Lancaster University

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Leslie Gadman has extensive academic teaching and research experience in business strategy, entrepreneurship, innovation and organizational behavior. He has served as consultant to private companies and public agencies in the areas of strategy formulation and implementation, change leadership and knowledge management. His work is deeply rooted in personal and institutional identity formation and is an exploration of a contemporary dialogue about the human evolution, impermanence and interdependence. His research interests are centered on the interdependent development of individuals and their institutions as they relate to distributed internet enabled collaboration. Leslie has published extensively in journals such as the Leadership and Organisational Development Journal, British Academy of Management, the Asian Journal on Quality, MITs Sloan Management Review and the Journal of Management Science. He is also author of the book Power Partnering: A Strategy for Excellence in the 21st Century.

Cary L. Cooper is Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health, Lancaster University Management School and Pro Vice Chancellor (External Relations) at Lancaster University. He is the author of over 100 books (on occupational stress, women at work and industrial and organizational psychology), has written over 400 scholarly articles for academic journals, and is a frequent contributor to national newspapers, TV and radio. He is currently Founding Editor of the Journal of Organizational Behavior and Co-Editor of the medical journal Stress & Health (formerly Stress Medicine). He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, The Royal Society of Arts, The Royal Society of Medicine, The Royal Society of Health, British Academy of Management and an Academician of the Academy for the Social Sciences. Professor Cooper is the immediate past President of the British Academy of Management, is a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute and one of the first UK based Fellows of the (American) Academy of Management. In 2001, Cary was awarded a CBE in the Queens Birthday Honours List for his contribution to organizational health. He holds Honorary Doctorates from Aston University (DSc), Heriot-Watt University (DLitt), Middlesex University (Doc. Univ) and Wolverhampton University (DBA); an Honorary Fellowship of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians; and in 2006 was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians (Hon FRCP).

Table of Contents

1 New Game, New Rules
2 Open Source Leadership
3 The Universe’s Rules
4 The Rule of Attention
5The Rule of Awareness
6 The Rule of Intention
7 The Rule of Architecture

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