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Global Leadership Perspectives

Global Leadership Perspectives
Insights and Analysis

March 2018 | 328 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

A critical, global counterpoint to more western-centric texts that will appeal to critical leadership scholars, those teaching leadership from a critical perspective and those teaching leadership with an international focus.


Split into two parts; its first part presents the local and regional variations in leadership from across the globe, with each of the twenty individual authors presenting the histories, cultures, tensions and social changes that shape the practice of everyday leadership in their respective region.


Regions and countries included are: the Arab Middle East, Argentina, ASEAN, Australia, Brazil, China, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, France, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Scandinavia, South Africa, Turkey, UK, USA.


In the second part, the editors then critically analyse these chapters and identify the key themes and specific issues, enabling the reader to challenge their own leadership perceptions and move beyond the normative, uncritical approach to leadership.


Suitable reading for leadership students, researchers and practitioners looking to enhance their knowledge of global leadership.

Chapter 1: Arab Middle East: Diwan, Ummah and Wasta: The Pillars of Arab Leadership
Chapter 2: Argentina: Gaucho's, Rebels and Dictators: Leadership in Argentina
Chapter 3: Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN): In Pursuit of ASEAN Pride
Chapter 4: Australia: Leadership Identity in the Making
Chapter 5: Brazil: Tensions, Contradictions and Development
Chapter 6: China: Paternalism and Paradox of Leadership at the Dawn of a New Era
Chapter 7: Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC): Ambiguities and Challenges of Leadership
Chapter 8: Ethiopia: The Faces of Leadership in Ethiopia
Chapter 9: France: Exploring the French Paradoxes and Promises of Leadership
Chapter 10: Germany: German Leadership: A Dialectical Approach
Chapter 11: India: Cultural Ethos and Leadership Styles: Indian Perspectives
Chapter 12: Japan: You're the Leader? The Long-Term Relationship Approach to Japanese Leadership
Chapter 13: Mexico: The Essence of Leadership in Mexico
Chapter 14: Poland: Swaying Between Functionalism and Humanistic Management
Chapter 15: Russia: Leadership in Russia: Between Hero and Victim
Chapter 16: Scandinavia: Scandinavian Leadership and the (E)quality Imperative
Chapter 17: South Africa: A Racialized and Gendered Leadership Landscape
Chapter 18: Turkey: Thriving on Uncertainty: Leadership in Turkey
Chapter 19: The United Kingdom: Dis-United Kingdom? Leadership at a Crossroads
Chapter 20: United States of America: Mourning in America: Leadership in the Divided States of America
Part II: Analysis
Chapter 21: Unravelling Leadership: Introduction to Analysis and Methodology
Chapter 22: The Four Discourses of Leadership
Chapter 23: Insider-Leadership: A Discourse Analysis
Chapter 24: Outsider-Leadership: In Search of Lack

For anyone interested in leadership, this is an outstanding book. Conceptual rigour, empirical richness, a global reach, telling examples, a sensitivity to cultural differences and imaginative ideas, what more could one want? And yet, this volume does offer us more, no less than a brand new sense of leadership in and for the twenty-first century.

Ronald Barnett
Emeritus Professor of Higher Education, University College London Institute of Education

In our global world this book by Simon Western and Eric-Jean Garcia is highly overdue. They make quite clear—similar to the observation that there is no baby without a mother—that there is no leader without a context. The authors have made a heroic effort to point out to people interested in the subject of leadership that its essence can only be understood in a contextual, cultural way. This book is a required reading for anyone who truly wants to understand what leadership is all about.

Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries
Distinguished Clinical Professor of Leadership Development and Organizational Change, INSEAD, France

Thoughtful essays by local experts, brilliantly brought together by two analyses - the first categorising and correlating what they say; the second drawing out what they don’t say, and thereby revealing more about leadership than anything else I have seen in the past few years. And who can resist a book that starts off with asking 'What drives the libidinal economy of leadership and followership dynamics?', then goes on to 'bring into the picture past echoes of war, freedom struggles, authoritarianism, trauma and of rich relational and kinship networks … how culturally informed ways-of-being-in-the-world shape leadership and followership expectations and practices.' Definitely a must-read for scholars and leaders alike, and sure to spark debate and further studies.

Jonathan Gosling
Emeritus Professor of Leadership, University of Exeter; Lead Faculty, Forward Institute; Visiting Professor, Renmin University, China; CBS, Denmark and IEDC, Slovenia.

This is a must-have book for both practitioners and scholars of leadership since can enhance their awareness of leadership perspectives in an international context.

Dr Alexandros Psychogios
Professor of International Human Resource Management, Birmingham City University

This new book on leadership is most welcome indeed. In its descriptive section it allows the reader to confront and compare a wide array of approaches to leadership, demonstrating how different traditions and cultures shape leadership theory and practice. In its analytical section, it proposes a fresh and critical perspective on the different themes of the leadership literature, highlighting its achievements as well as its gaps, contradictions and remaining questions.

Erhard Friedberg
Professor Emeritus of Sociology, SciencesPo Paris

Leadership is a relationship in a context. Someone can be a leader in one context but not in another. This valuable book includes essays on the cultural context of leadership in 20 countries. The enlightening analysis shows how in much of the world traditional paternalistic and controlling leadership models are being challenged by a more adaptive and progressive global model.

Michael Maccoby

As practitioners, academics, consultants and trainers working to make leadership development effective through times of chaos, Global Leadership Perspectives strengthens our capacity for action. Identity, community and context shape leadership in ways that require more listening at the margins. This book opens us to more inclusive leadership development for local and global resilience.

Eliane Ubalijoro, PhD
Executive Director of C.L.E.A.R. International Development Inc. and Professor of Practice at McGill’s Institute for the Study of International Development

it offers a global perspective of leadership and practice which is perfect for the Global Leadership and practice course

Dr Nceku Nyathi
Faculty of Business and Law, De Montfort University
September 20, 2019

Excellent discussion around the 4 discourses of leadership. Ideal to support leadership development and studies for those working in a multi-national context.

Mr Ian Jenner
Department of Management, Manchester Metropolitan University
July 11, 2018

This book provides some helpful and informative insights into a range of perspectives and experiences that are likely to be very different to those of our students. The contextualisation and analysis are also important elements of this text.

Helen Goodall
Faculty of Education & Social Sciences, University of St Mark And St John
May 16, 2018

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