“Being seen as” and “seeing as”

Hans Losscher (Nijmegen School of Management, Radboud University Nijmegen, Nijmegen, The Netherlands)

Kybernetes

ISSN: 0368-492X

Publication date: 3 May 2011

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to provide a platform to improve leadership practices through variety engineering in terms of amplifying and attenuating variety.

Design/methodology/approach

Chemers's functional integration of image management, relation development and resource deployment as the building blocks of leadership is mapped onto Espejo et al.'s variety engineering individual‐task loop, consisting of cognitive, interactive and task venues.

Findings

It is found that traditional leadership can be usefully mapped onto the language of variety engineering.

Originality/value

Management is distinguished from leadership. The paper is an early attempt to translate a leadership model into the language of cybernetics.

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Citation

Losscher, H. (2011), "“Being seen as” and “seeing as”", Kybernetes, Vol. 40 No. 3/4, pp. 494-506. https://doi.org/10.1108/03684921111133700

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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