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Rethinking Leadership: A New Look At Old Leadership Question

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Transcript of Rethinking Leadership: A New Look At Old Leadership Question

A New Look At Old Leadership Questions
Author: Donna Ladkin

Professor of Leadership & Ethics, Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield University in UK
Bottom Line:
How about
leadership & philosophy?
Help readers to think differently from a philosophical perspective & lead them to a different way into both thinking & practicing leadership.
Case I
Generally: What is leadership?
Sort of definition
Case II
Generally: Leadership --> central, organize change,
vision, very future oriented activity
Rethinking Leadership
Thank you!
Lots of theories about leadership are informed by psychological or sociological models, and yet, still have questions about what is leadership.
On leadership rather than leader
Doesn't focus on the qualities, traits or abilities which 'leaders' may or may not exhibit.
"Leadership is a collective process and seek to understand that process through applying philosophical ideas which by their nature aim to explicate experience from the 'inside out' rather than from an object stance" --Donna Ladkin.
Questions asked in the book:
Why study
leadership from a philosophical perspective
Why are there so many different theories of leadership?
Why is it so
difficult to study
What goes on in the relationship between leaders and followers?
What is
charismatic leadership
What is so important about the '
How do leaders
lead change
How can individuals take up the leader role wisely?
What has it
meant to rethink leadership
Book argues: What is leadership
Start thinking about purpose
In different contexts there are different purposes
Main point
Pay attention to the questions asked --> give us different
ways of looking at a situation / a concept (i.e. leadership) --> different way of enacting it
Book questions: What it mean to lead change?

What a leader really needed to do?
to be able to see what was happening then & there.
needs a perspective to be able to piece together all the different facets of that disaster
provide reasonable plan or way forward
Tornado/the aftermath of Tornado
change needed to happen --> people were dying and nothing
was being done about it.

Case III
Generally: Successful leading is all about
being the person in the front

Book argues: A good leader actually means
taking a step back
when he/she doesn't have the knowledge/experience/perspective at that point to lead the team forward --> letting someone who are more expert or got different
vision come forward.
Case III
Organization Leading

change and vision
are coupled very closely
Generally: Leading as being the one that people came to for the way forward and thus the
leader must have the answers

and solutions.

Book argues: Leading is not so much about giving answers but about
asking questions about what is going on

What a leader really need to do?
asking more questions
seeing the situation from other people's point of view
finding ways that the answers in a team could arise --> different people had different expertise
There is "not a particular toolkit for being a good leader because being an effective leader is very much a function of a particular context that a person finds himself in".
need to understand the way a system works
the type of systemic nature
understanding who are the key people & who hold power (informal & formal power) --> how to influence
A leader in an organization:
them in a more integrated & holistic way.
* Honing perception skills, understanding and
asking good questions.
Present by Olive Siew
*not much about vision & future activity*
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