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Community as Leadership
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Community as Leadership

9781781009215 Edward Elgar Publishing
Gareth Edwards, Associate Professor of Leadership Development, University of the West of England, UK
Publication Date: 2015 ISBN: 978 1 78100 921 5 Extent: 144 pp
This book takes a fresh look at leadership through the paradigm of community. Community as Leadership develops leadership thought through important aspects of understanding community, such as individualism, sense of belonging, friendship, social networks, symbolism, liminality, language and ethics. The book also explores more critical and postmodern perspectives of leadership and community and examines themes for future research, as well as suggesting ideas and implications for leadership learning.

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Community as Leadership forges a relational notion of leadership linked to community and uses this lens to develop themes for future research and methodology.

The book investigates and develops several lines of thinking on community and relates them to leadership. These perspectives include individualism, sense of belonging, friendship and social networks, aesthetics and symbolism, liminality and language and ethics. Offering a critical postmodern stance, Gareth Edwards examines themes for future research, as well as suggesting ideas and implications for leadership learning.

Students looking to explore contemporary thinking on leadership will find this book to be of interest while academics will find use in the avenues for future research and conceptual thinking.
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'Gareth Edwards has done scholars from both leadership and community studies a real service by bringing their literatures together in a way that will mutually enrich both fields in years to come. This charming and elegant book models the kind of leadership necessary to engender the community spirit many of us crave in an increasingly complex and rootless world'
– Brad Jackson, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
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Contents: 1. Leadership and Individualism 2. Leadership and a Sense of Belonging 3. Leadership, Friendship and Social Networks 4. Leadership, Symbolism and Aesthetics 5. Leadership, Liminality and Social Drama 6. Language, Ethics and Leadership 7. The Postmodern Community and Leadership Concluding Remarks Index
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