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Leadership Theory. Cultivating Critical Perspectives

  • ID: 3626796
  • Book
  • April 2017
  • 416 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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"This book breathes new life into leadership studies. Every student of leadership novice or veteran will benefit from exploring the implications of Dugan′s developmental and critical approach. While calling attention to hidden social realities in leadership discourse like inequality and injustice Dugan invites a hopeful reframing of leadership theory and practice and challenges readers to recognize their own capacity to transform the world."
Sonia M. Ospina, professor, R.F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University

"John Dugan provides a valuable addition to the leadership literature by introducing perspectives derived from critical social theory as a means to engage readers as critical learners. This is a novel approach to teaching leadership and one that readers will appreciate."
David V. Day, director, Kravis Leadership Institute, Claremont McKenna College

"What a fantastic book I could not put it down! This critical review of the strengths and weaknesses of the best known leadership theories fundamentally enhances our understanding. Its insights are transformative. Dugan offers ways to improve these theories rather than disregarding them based on their shortcomings. I love the notion of zombie theories you have to read the book to find out what that is! The narratives help ground complex concepts and the reflection questions compel the reader to struggle with the material."
Adrianna Kezar, professor for higher education, University of Southern California

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List of Tables and Figures xi

Preface xv

Acknowledgments xxv

About the Author xxix

1. The Evolving Nature of Leadership 1

Why Study Leaders and Leadership? 2

What Is Leadership? 3

Mapping the Definitional Terrain 4

Chapter Summary 23

2. Critical Perspectives as Interpretative Frameworks 29

Letting Go of Theoretical Certainty 30

What Is Critical Social Theory? 31

Central Themes of Critical Social Theory 33

Using Critical Perspectives as Interpretative Tools 42

Essential Preparation for Applying Critical Perspectives 49

Benefits of Using Critical Perspectives 52

Chapter Summary 53

3. Interpreting Leadership Theory Using Critical Perspectives 57

Critical Social Theory and Leadership 57

Evolution of Formal Leadership Theory 58

Implicit Leadership Theory 72

Chapter Summary 82

4. Person–Centered Theories 85

Trait–Based Leadership 85

The Leadership Challenge Model 90

Emotionally Intelligent Leadership 94

Strengths–Based Leadership 98

Deconstruction of Person–Centered Theories 104

Reconstruction of Person–Centered Theories 109

Chapter Summary 113

5. Theories of Production and Effectiveness 117

Style Theory 117

Situational Leadership 125

Path–Goal Theory 132

Deconstruction of Theories of Production and Effectiveness 138

Reconstruction of Theories of Production and Effectiveness 143

Chapter Summary 147

6. Group–Centered Theories 151

Leader–Member Exchange Theory 151

Team Leadership 160

Shared Leadership 169

Deconstruction of Group–Centered Theories 176

Reconstruction of Group–Centered Theories 180

Chapter Summary 185

7. Theories of Transformation 189

Transforming/Transformational Leadership 189

Servant Leadership 197

The Social Change Model of Leadership Development 206

Deconstruction Theories of Transformation 215

Reconstruction Theories of Transformation 219

Chapter Summary 222

8. Relationship–Centered Theories 227

Connective Leadership 228

The Relational Leadership Model 236

Relational Leadership Philosophies 241

Deconstruction of Relationship–Centered Theories 249

Reconstruction of Relationship–Centered Theories 252

Chapter Summary 254

9. Vanguard Theories 257

Authentic Leadership 257

Adaptive Leadership 265

Complexity Leadership Theory 276

Deconstruction of Vanguard Theories 283

Reconstruction of Vanguard Theories 289

Chapter Summary 292

10. Toward a Justice–Based Leadership Model 297

Strategic Social Change Leadership 298

Deconstruction and Reconstruction of Strategic Social Change Leadership 306

Chapter Summary 307

11. Integration and the Path Forward 313

Emergent Themes Across Leadership Theories 314

The Interconnection of Leadership Theory and Development 322

Closing Thoughts 327

References 331

Name Index 361

Subject Index 371

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John P. Dugan
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