‘The field of leadership studies is generally characterised as one that is in a state of late adolescence. This ambitious book shows compellingly that the field has a considerably lengthier and richer pedigree. We need to recognise, prioritise and instill a historical appreciation into our teaching and our research of leadership in the critically reflexive and genuinely interdisciplinary manner that the author models so brilliantly in this wonderfully original book.’
– Brad Jackson, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
‘Much leadership writing seems to suggest that only those with super powers can be effective leaders and that, whatever the problem, leadership is the answer. Suze Wilson comprehensively demolishes both these fallacies, and does so in captivating style. In highlighting such issues as context, power and history she offers stimulating new perspectives on how we can rethink leadership – and do it better.
– Dennis Tourish, University of London, UK
‘Have no doubt about it; there has never been a more appropriate time for scholars and educators in management and leadership studies to read Suze Wilson's Thinking Differently about Leadership: A Critical History of Leadership Studies. In the aftermath of the events of 2016, including, inter alia, 'Brexit', the US presidential election and the ongoing crisis in Syria, we have both a professional and civic duty to engage in discourse about our understanding and expectations of leadership. Wilson's book provides an important resource in this respect.’
– Management Learning