Leadership and change

Whatever happened to ethics?

Authored by: Rune Todnem By , Bernard Burnes

The Routledge Companion to Organizational Change

Print publication date:  October  2011
Online publication date:  October  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415556453
eBook ISBN: 9780203810279
Adobe ISBN: 9781136680908


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First, leadership is a process that is not specifically a function of the person in charge. Leadership is a function of individual wills and individual needs, and the result of the dynamics of collective will organized to meet those various needs. Second, leadership is a process of adaptation and of evolution; it is a process of dynamic exchange and the interchanges of value. Leadership is deviation from convention. Third, leadership is a process of energy, not structure. In this way, leadership is different from management – managers pursue stability, while leadership is all about change.

(Barker, 2001: 491)

There are now increasing signs of disenchantment with the concept of the assertive, no-nonsense leader, whether of the charismatic or transformative variety.… The “shadow side of charisma” has been noted by a number of writers … The dangers of narcissism and the associated misuse, and even abuse, of power were thus known about even at the height of the period when charismatic and transformational leadership were being celebrated.

(Storey, 2004: 31–32)

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