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The Embodiment of Leadership: A Volume in the International Leadership Series, Building Leadership Bridges

ISBN: 978-1-118-55161-5
288 pages
April 2013, Jossey-Bass
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Covering leadership in the arts and humanities, this volume explores the notion that leadership is both a discursive practice and a performative identity that is situated in a body that not only thinks, but moves, acts, has emotions and desires, ages, experiences, hurts, and senses. This idea moves leadership beyond the intellectual functions such as visioning, strategizing, and persuading, and the actions that emanate from the intellectual realm, and situates leadership firmly in a corporality that is raced, gendered, cultured, sexual, instinctual, and emotional. It suggests that leadership itself is an embodied text that can be "read" to discover personal and cultural meaning.

Each year the International Leadership Association publishes a book that captures the best contemporary thinking about leadership from a diverse range of scholars, practitioners, and educators working in the field of leadership studies. In keeping with the mission of the ILA, the International Leadership Series Building Leadership Bridges connects ways of researching, imagining, and experiencing leadership across cultures, over time, and around the world.
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Table of Contents

Contributors vii

Introduction xiii
Lois Ruskai Melina

Part One: Leadership Thresholds 1
Gloria J. Burgess

1. The Anatomy of Leadership 5
Stephanie Guastella Lindsay

2. Dramatic Leadership: Dorothy Heathcote’s Autopoietic, or Embodied, Leadership Model 23
Kate Katafiasz

3. Leadership in the Time of Liminality: A Framework for Leadership in an Era of Deep Transformation 43
David Holzmer

4. Seeking Alignment in the World Body: The Art of Embodiment 65
Skye Burn

Part Two: Leaders Are Their Bodies 85
Lena Lid Falkman

5. (De/Re)Constructing Leading Bodies: Developing Critical Attitudes and Somaesthetic Practices 89
Maylon Hanold

6. Dollmaking as an Expression of Women’s Leadership 109
Kimberly Yost

7. Leadership Embodiment and Resistance: The Complex Journey of Latin American Pentecostal Women Pastors 129
Nora Méndez and Fernando Mora

8. Michelle Obama’s Embodied Authentic Leadership: Leading by Lifestyle 149
Elizabeth D. Wilhoit

Part Three: Leadership By and Through the Body 171
Antonio Marturano

9. Shall I Lead Now? Learner Experiences of Leader–Follower Relationships Through Engagement with the Dance 175
Julie Burge, Ray Batchelor, and Lionel Cox

10. Embodied Learning Experience in Leadership Development 193
Perttu Salovaara and Arja Ropo

11. Professionals Are Their Bodies: The Language of the Body as Sounding Board in Leadership and Professional Communication 217
Helle Winther

12. From the Ground Up: Revisioning Sources and Methods of Leadership Development 239
Kathryn Goldman Schuyler

Name Index 259

Subject Index 263

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“From examining the way in which Michelle Obama takes up her role as First Lady to what we can learn about leading through attending to dance, this volume offers a much needed and exciting perspective on leadership as an embodied practice. Its challenge to traditional ideas about what it takes to be a leader literally made my spine tingle!”—Donna Ladkin, professor of leadership and ethics, Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield University, UK

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