Leadership as a way of life: The placement of distributed leadership practice within a Stoical context

Chrystie Watson, Peter Case, Josephine Pryce

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The 'place' of leadership within organisations, institutions and societies is increasingly being thrown into question. As a concept, leadership can no longer be confined within the boundaries of individualistic endeavours (Case, French, & Simpson, 2011; Collins, 2001; Kodish, 2006; Ladkin, 2010b; Price, 2018; Raelin, 2004, 2016). Social cues increasingly indicate a desire for forms of leadership that transcend traditional hierarchical interpretations, focusing attention instead on the practice of leadership regardless of position (Raelin, 2016). This then requires non-linear approaches to evaluating leadership development as our leadership paradigms shift to more collective interpretations and experiences (Bolden & Gosling, 2006; Edwards & Turnbull, 2013). As such, the 'place' of leadership must evolve beyond the perpetuation of self-interests toward a collective sense of the common good; ironically perhaps, an evolution that may be guided by ancient philosophical perspectives.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication18th International Studying Leadership Conference
Subtitle of host publicationPutting Leadership in its Place
PublisherUWE Bristol
ISBN (Electronic)9781860435683
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes
Event18th International Studying Leadership Conference - Bristol Leadership and Change Centre, Bristol, United Kingdom
Duration: 16 Dec 201917 Dec 2019


Conference18th International Studying Leadership Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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