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1. Introduction (Mats Alvesson and Andre Spicer) 2. Theories of Leadership (Mats Alvesson and Andre Spicer) 3. Metaphors for Leadership (Andre Spicer and Mats Alvesson) 4. Leaders as Saints: Leadership through Moral Peak Performance (Mats Alvesson) 5. Leaders as Gardeners: Leadership through Facilitating Growth (Tony Huzzard and Sverre Spoelstra) 6. Leaders as Buddies: Leadership through Making People Feel Good (Stefen Svenningsson and Martin Blom) 7. Leaders as Commanders: Leadership through Creating Clear Direction (Andre Spicer) 8. Leaders as Cyborgs: Leadership through Mechanistic Superiority (Sara Louis Muhr) 9. Leaders as Bullies: Leadership through Intimidation (Dan Karreman) 10. Communicating Leadership Metaphors (Gail Fairhurst) 11. Conclusion (Andre Spicer and Mats Alvesson)
Mats Alvesson is Professor of Business Administration at the Lund University, Sweden. He is also affiliated with University of Queensland Business School. Another of his recent books, Changing Organizational Culture, is also available from Routledge. Andre Spicer is an Associate Professor of Organisation Studies at Warwick Business School, University of Warwick, UK. He is also a visiting research fellow at the University of Lund, Sweden. His recent publications (as co-author) include Unmasking the Entrepreneur and Understanding Corporate Life.
'This insightful work is a valuable contribution to the study of leadership. It is a must for university business collections, and merits inclusion as collateral reading in academic and professional leadership-related courses of study.' J. B. Kashner, CHOICE 'A sophisticated and critical analysis of 'leadership' metaphors that pushes the boundaries well beyond the conventional. There are lots of books on leadership but there aren't many books like this - read it!' Keith Grint, Professor of Public Leadership & Management, Warwick Business School, UK 'This highly engaging book compellingly shows what a critically-oriented approach can do to not only invigorate the field of leadership studies but also to constructively assist leaders (and followers) make sense of and act authentically in a world in which is leadership is over-hyped yet widely misunderstood.' Professor Brad Jackson, Fletcher Building Education Trust Chair in Leadership, The University of Auckland, New Zealand