Leading a Group through Feeling: Teaching by the Movement of Learning
The Physicality of Leadership: Gesture, Entanglement, Taboo, Possibilities
ISBN: 978-1-78441-290-6, eISBN: 978-1-78441-289-0
Publication date: 24 November 2014
In this chapter, I re-frame leading in organizing as teaching and identify physical movement as a core mechanism through which leaders are sensitive and responsive to the progress of their group’s learning. To demonstrate this, I analyze interview data with choral and orchestral conductors in terms of Sheets-Johnstone’s (1999/2011) four qualities of movement: tension, linearity, amplitude, and projection. These four qualities serve as a grammar or set of basic categories to better understand how and why leaders move in certain ways in relation to their followers, for the sake of the latter’s learning and the collective ability to accomplish organizational goals. The ability to categorize conductors’ physical movements and the movement of the ensemble’s learning can help practitioners and scholars to assess the congruence between the two. With this grammar in hand, leaders can better assess and articulate what kinds of movements can be performed when, in order to guide the progress of their group’s collective learning.
Paul Stephens, J. (2014), "Leading a Group through Feeling: Teaching by the Movement of Learning", The Physicality of Leadership: Gesture, Entanglement, Taboo, Possibilities (Monographs in Leadership and Management, Vol. 6), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 17-36. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1479-357120140000006002
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