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Publication date: 10 November 2021

Terrence E. Deal, Devorah Lieberman and Jack Wayne Meek

The purpose of the paper is to address the following question: What can novels reveal about what leadership nonfiction sources miss or obscure?

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Purpose

The purpose of the paper is to address the following question: What can novels reveal about what leadership nonfiction sources miss or obscure?

Design/methodology/approach

The paper reviews the benefits that are derived from the use of literature in the examination of leadership, compares and contrasts three novel experiments in the examination of literature and leadership, and examines the impact of one approach as reflected in student assignments and exit interviews.

Findings

Student reflection papers morphed from descriptive reviews to reflections expressed through poetry, artwork and personal experiences. Students also deepened their views on what leadership is and means. Exit interviews revealed student significant reflection on personal views in a number of areas. The longitudinal follow up of students expanded their flexibility and ability to listen and understand how and why people approach leadership in different ways. They also felt it increased their openness to new or different approaches and encouraged them to think more independently.

Practical implications

One implication of the approach of this class is how the authors embraced questions to guide the students and faculty. Instead of listing topics and assigning categorical meaning, the approach of the class was organized around questions, such as, “is leadership real or imagined? Am I ready to take responsibility?

Social implications

The power of storytelling is unmistakable. The value of storytelling is that it allows the reader to escape from the day-to-day challenges we face to find how others are facing challenges sometimes very similar to our own.

Originality/value

The article compares and contracts three experiments in the examination of literature and leadership. The paper then examines one approach to literature and leadership in terms of the impact on students (papers, exit interview and longitudinal follow-up). Findings are assessed with the works of Gardner, Bennis and Hartley stressing the possibilities of storytelling as a unique approach to studying and practicing leadership.

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International Journal of Public Leadership, vol. 17 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 2056-4929

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Publication date: 1 September 2006

Lee G. Bolman and Terrence E. Deal

In many companies, executives function as either the analyst or the caregiver. The authors believe there are two more appropriate leadership roles – wizard and warrior.

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Purpose

In many companies, executives function as either the analyst or the caregiver. The authors believe there are two more appropriate leadership roles – wizard and warrior.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors conclude that the responsibilities of the analyst and the caregiver could often successfully be delegated to managers below C‐level.

Findings

Too many managers are repelled or intimidated by either the warrior or wizard role. Managers who are comfortable in the roles of caregivers and or analysts tend to shy away from the possibilities and powers embodied in the wizard and warrior role.

Practical implications

In fact, great leaders need to be able to assume both mantels – wizard and warrior – and switch between roles as situations demand. It is a skill that managers can learn through persistence and practice.

Originality/value

By understanding these archetypal roles, leaders can embrace their own potential for both courage and imagination, and develop their capacity to face competitors and to find competitive advantage in possibilities that others have not yet seen.

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Strategy & Leadership, vol. 34 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1087-8572

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Understanding Decision-Making in Educational Contexts
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-80071-818-0

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Publication date: 1 February 1989

Cass Bettinger

The challenge is to manage the organization's culture so that you can tap the company's strengths to achieve superior performance and identify its weaknesses in time to overcome…

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The challenge is to manage the organization's culture so that you can tap the company's strengths to achieve superior performance and identify its weaknesses in time to overcome them before they cause serious damage.

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Journal of Business Strategy, vol. 10 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0275-6668

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Publication date: 12 December 2003

Gerald Cavanagh, Bradley Hanson, Kirk Hanson and Juan Hinojoso

Jerry feels good as he leaves his office for the day. He takes pride in being CEO of a Healthcare System that provides much-needed services to the urban poor often in difficult…

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Jerry feels good as he leaves his office for the day. He takes pride in being CEO of a Healthcare System that provides much-needed services to the urban poor often in difficult circumstances. He reflects that his career has been an interesting journey. He had started as an accountant with Price Waterhouse, but found the work and time pressures very heavy. Wanting to spend more time with his family, he moved to the a health care system and rose to Controller. There had been a period while Controller when he wondered whether he had made an error in making the change, given the financial turbulence his health care system experienced with the transition to managed care. He experienced no less stress than at Price Waterhouse as he assisted his new employer to manage a turnaround to eliminate waste and reposition the system within a solid financial model. But he emerged from the turnaround with a new sense of direction and drive. Subsequently, seven years ago Healthhelp chose him as its Chief Financial Officer and he’s been CEO for almost three years. Today he’s excited about the new marketing plan he just reviewed which promises to give Healthhelp a bigger share of the home care market.

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Spiritual Intelligence at Work: Meaning, Metaphor, and Morals
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-0-76231-067-8

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Publication date: 1 June 2003

Melinda J. Milligan

This paper broadens and extends the idea of organizational death by arguing that certain organizational site moves, those in which employees hold a strong place attachment to the…

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This paper broadens and extends the idea of organizational death by arguing that certain organizational site moves, those in which employees hold a strong place attachment to the to be left, are a form of organizational death. It argues for the utility of viewing organizational change as involving loss and including space in studies of everyday organizational experiences. Using ethnographic research (participant‐observation and in‐depth interviews with the employees) of one such organization (the “Coffee House”) and a negotiated‐order perspective, discusses employee beliefs as to how the site move should have been managed as a means to document their understanding of the move as a loss experience and as a form of organizational death.

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International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, vol. 23 no. 6/7
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0144-333X

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Publication date: 15 January 2018

Shannon Cleverley-Thompson

The ability to tell stories can be an important leadership attribute and skill to master in order to be a successful leader (Baldoni, 2003; Denning, 2004; Kouzes & Posner, 2012)…

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The ability to tell stories can be an important leadership attribute and skill to master in order to be a successful leader (Baldoni, 2003; Denning, 2004; Kouzes & Posner, 2012). Storytelling is a central component of effective communication for leaders and a skill to master for future leadership success. This paper supports active learning, group discussion and reflective practice as a way to teach storytelling as a leadership skill. Leadership educators need to help students understand how to develop stories, identity situations in which to tell stories, and also practice the art of leadership storytelling. This idea brief presents multiple pedagogical methods to teach storytelling as a leadership practice to college students in leadership programs.

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Journal of Leadership Education, vol. 17 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1552-9045

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Creating the Organization of the Future
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-83753-216-2

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Publication date: 19 May 2015

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Inquiry-Based Learning for Multidisciplinary Programs: A Conceptual and Practical Resource for Educators
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-78441-847-2

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