Dissent and the Failure of Leadership

Dissent and the Failure of Leadership

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This timely collection of original papers explores the vital but largely unrecognized connections between leadership and dissent. In an era when leadership failures can mean homelessness and even death for countless flood victims, losses of life savings for employees of bankrupt corporations, civilian deaths and ravaged societies in the Middle East and incalculable suffering among refugees in central Africa, the studies presented here offer analysis and correctives based on new understandings of the dissent leadership relationship. The book examines how dissent is implicated in problems plaguing theory development in leadership studies. Topics explored within this framework include dissent in corporate discourses of control, real and manufactured crises, cross-generational perceptions, women leaders personal and work lives, the professionalization of journalism, religious institutions, activist public relations and fear-based cultures. It concludes with new proposals for legitimating dissent as a unique instrument for advancing social development and avoiding failures of leadership. Examining dissent as the critical factor that differentiates leadership failures and successes from interdisciplinary perspectives, this illuminating book will be of great interest to advanced students and teachers of leadership studies, as well as corporate executives, policymakers and other leaders aware of the need to improve leadership practices.In a recent book review, for example, management researcher Kevin Lowe notes that a#39;the lack of an agreed upon definition [for leadership] is endemic to the leadership field in generala#39; (Lowe, 2006: 106). His essay cites 13 definitions foranbsp;...

Title:Dissent and the Failure of Leadership
Author:Stephen P. Banks
Publisher:Edward Elgar Publishing - 2010-01-01


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