The Leading Edge of Leadership Studies

The Leading Edge of Leadership Studies Philosophy of Management https://doi.org/10.1007/s40926-018-0089-y David Carl Wilson Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018 Thomas Carlyle rang in the modern era of leadership studies in London in 1840, with six public lectures published a year later as On Heroes and Hero-Worship. On that historical milestone, Suze Wilson and Bert Spector are agreed. And their agreement is of interest, since each of them published, in 2016, a critical and historical account of leadership studies. Carlyle’s lectures are not, however, about leadership. He shows no interest in corporate leadership, the notion of which still needed at least four years of gestation before Parliament was to pass the Joint Stock Companies Act. Nor is Carlyle especially interested in any sort of formal organizational leadership; that notion only arises in one of the lectures, BThe Hero as King,^ where he extols Bthe commander over men; he to whose will our wills are to be subordinated….^ . The word leadership never occurs in the six lectures, and the word leader occurs only five times—less than once per essay. That is because the lectures are about greatness, offering a history of Bwhat man has accomplished in this world.^ And that, according to Carlyle, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Philosophy of Management Springer Journals

The Leading Edge of Leadership Studies

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Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2018 by Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature
Subject
Philosophy; Philosophy, general; Business and Management, general; International Political Economy
ISSN
1740-3812
eISSN
2052-9597
D.O.I.
10.1007/s40926-018-0089-y
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Philosophy of Management https://doi.org/10.1007/s40926-018-0089-y David Carl Wilson Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018 Thomas Carlyle rang in the modern era of leadership studies in London in 1840, with six public lectures published a year later as On Heroes and Hero-Worship. On that historical milestone, Suze Wilson and Bert Spector are agreed. And their agreement is of interest, since each of them published, in 2016, a critical and historical account of leadership studies. Carlyle’s lectures are not, however, about leadership. He shows no interest in corporate leadership, the notion of which still needed at least four years of gestation before Parliament was to pass the Joint Stock Companies Act. Nor is Carlyle especially interested in any sort of formal organizational leadership; that notion only arises in one of the lectures, BThe Hero as King,^ where he extols Bthe commander over men; he to whose will our wills are to be subordinated….^ . The word leadership never occurs in the six lectures, and the word leader occurs only five times—less than once per essay. That is because the lectures are about greatness, offering a history of Bwhat man has accomplished in this world.^ And that, according to Carlyle,

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Published: May 30, 2018

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