Leadership Studies and Follower Dynamics
Within this research group, we critically engage in the study of leaders, leadership and followership, and the theory and practice of organisational leading – past, present and future.
Our interests and expertise lie in drawing from sociological, psychological and philosophical approaches to the study of leadership practice.
Some of our key areas of specialisation are:
- Critical approaches to leadership, management and organisation – in particular, leadership and followership, power and identities, dualisms and dialectics, conformity and resistance
- Leadership and emotions, psychoanalytic perspectives on leadership, the dark side of leadership, and exploring leader dysfunctions and leader–follower relations
- Ontological premises that underpin leadership practice in comparative cultural settings
- International dimensions of leadership
- Empirical quantitative studies on the antecedents and outcomes of leadership in relation to organisational behaviours and human resource management
- Leadership and entrepreneurship
- Cultural, political and economic processes and relations that create, enable and constrain leadership
- The semiotic and linguistic properties of leadership and leadership discourse
- Leadership as emotional labour and the dissonance arising from the juxtaposition of emotional labour and the requirements of authenticity
- The relationships between gender, women’s leadership practice and women’s leadership learning
- Leadership and strategic options in organisations