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Part I: Classical Theories of Leadership Chapter 1: Leadership, Management and Headship: Power, Emotions and Authority in Organizations - Donna Ladkin Chapter 2: Trait Theories of Leaders and Leadership: From Ancient Greece to Twenty-first-century Neuroscience - Scott Taylor Chapter 3: Leading through Contingencies - John Cullen Chapter 4: Transformational Leadership: Secularized Theology? - Helen Delaney and Sverre Spoelstra Part II: Leading in Context Chapter 5: Leadership Learning and Development - Brigid Carroll Chapter 6: Leadership, Governance and Strategy - Annie Pye Chapter 7: Difference and Leadership - Amanda Sinclair and Michelle Evans Chapter 8: Studying Followers - Nancy Harding Part III: Contemporary Perspectives Chapter 9: Leadership and Process - Simon Kelly Chapter 10: Relational Leadership - Lucia Crevani Chapter 11: : Leadership without Leaders: Understanding Anarchist Organising through the Lens of Critical Leadership Studies - Neil Sutherland Chapter 12: : Leadership, Post-structuralism and the Performative Turn - Jackie Ford Chapter 13: Seeing Leadership: Becoming Sophisticated Consumers of Leadership - Owain Smolovic Jones and Brad Jackson

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Scott Taylor is Reader/Associate Professor at Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham, in the UK. He has now been teaching and researching for almost 20 years, mostly in England, with visits to India, Saudi Arabia, Finland, Australia, New Zealand, and Brazil. Scott researches the everyday human experience of work, management, and leadership. All of his research is based on interpretive analysis of qualitative data. He's published this research in peer-reviewed journals like Leadership, Organization, Journal of Management Studies, Sociology, and Journal of Business Ethics, and in books like The Organization of Craft Work (Routledge, 2018).


The field of leadership has been waiting for Leadership: Critical Contemporary Perspectives. Putting power into the heart of leadership, this book will change the landscape of leadership in practice and convey the nuances and complexities of leadership thought. Carroll, Ford and Taylor bring together leading thinkers in critical leadership studies to critically interrogate taken for granted assumptions surrounding leadership. This book is a must read for any student of leadership and any manager who wants to reflect on the daily realities of being a leader from a scholarly perspective.

-- Professor Alison Pullen

This book will change the way you think about leadership! A collection of renowned experts present the most important and topical debates on leadership in a refreshingly accessible, comprehensive and critical way, incorporating practical examples and innovative opportunities for reflection. A must-buy for students and educators of leadership studies.

-- Dr. Beverley Hawkins
This excellent book provokes and inspires throughout. Conventional leadership theory has made its own contribution to our world's problems by encouraging leaders to concentrate too much power in their own hands. Contributors to this wise book challenge this approach, and offer radically fresh perspectives on numerous other issues as well. It will be impossible to look at leadership in the same way again. -- Dennis Tourish

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