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Reimagining leadership – and its relationship with management – for the public sector

Reimagining leadership – and its relationship with management – for the public sector PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to review and critique three conventional assumptions about leadership and put forward an alternative framing, with leadership presented as a distinct form of intervention in particular moments to management. The paper also presents a structure for supporting leadership action by individuals and groups as an alternate to management action, which is seen as the dominant form.Design/methodology/approachReflects an elaboration and distillation of concepts developed by the author since an earlier paper on essentially the same topic, drawing on his 20-plus years’ experience as a leadership developer.FindingsAlthough not an empirical account, the paper seeks to demonstrate how, when conventional but infrequently challenged assumptions about leadership are “peeled back”, a new way of understanding leadership, especially in connection with management, is revealed.Research limitations/implicationsSuggestions are offered as to how the concepts and tools presented here could be evaluated, including in comparison with established leadership frameworks.Practical implicationsOutlines three practices for supporting leadership action in public sector organisations. These practices are working from observation, attributing reasonableness (allowing that others are reasonable) and speaking with authenticity. Collectively, these are known as the OBREAU Tripod (with “OBREAU” comprised of the first two letters in each of the pivotal words, observation, reasonableness and authenticity).Originality/valueConceiving of leadership as a different form of in-the-moment action to management in a public sector context is a distinctive contribution to the literature. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Public Leadership Emerald Publishing

Reimagining leadership – and its relationship with management – for the public sector

International Journal of Public Leadership , Volume 12 (2): 18 – May 9, 2016

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
2056-4929
DOI
10.1108/IJPL-11-2015-0027
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Abstract

PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to review and critique three conventional assumptions about leadership and put forward an alternative framing, with leadership presented as a distinct form of intervention in particular moments to management. The paper also presents a structure for supporting leadership action by individuals and groups as an alternate to management action, which is seen as the dominant form.Design/methodology/approachReflects an elaboration and distillation of concepts developed by the author since an earlier paper on essentially the same topic, drawing on his 20-plus years’ experience as a leadership developer.FindingsAlthough not an empirical account, the paper seeks to demonstrate how, when conventional but infrequently challenged assumptions about leadership are “peeled back”, a new way of understanding leadership, especially in connection with management, is revealed.Research limitations/implicationsSuggestions are offered as to how the concepts and tools presented here could be evaluated, including in comparison with established leadership frameworks.Practical implicationsOutlines three practices for supporting leadership action in public sector organisations. These practices are working from observation, attributing reasonableness (allowing that others are reasonable) and speaking with authenticity. Collectively, these are known as the OBREAU Tripod (with “OBREAU” comprised of the first two letters in each of the pivotal words, observation, reasonableness and authenticity).Originality/valueConceiving of leadership as a different form of in-the-moment action to management in a public sector context is a distinctive contribution to the literature.

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International Journal of Public LeadershipEmerald Publishing

Published: May 9, 2016

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