Māori Leadership at Work

Janet Holmes, Meredith Marra and Bernadette Vine

in Leadership, Discourse, and Ethnicity

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199730759
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918454 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Sociolinguistics

Māori Leadership at Work

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An aspiring leader must recognize the distinctive qualities of Māori leadership, and this is the focus of this chapter. The chapter draws together some of the threads identified in the exploration of the relationship between leadership and ethnicity as instantiated in workplace discourse. It focuses, particularly, on features of ethnicized communities of practice (CofPs), highlighting those that seem to distinguish the discourse of Māori from Pākehā leaders in workplace contexts, as well as the varied ways in which particular leaders construct their leadership identity in different social and discourse contexts. The chapter begins by illustrating the concept of the ethnicized CofP—a concept in which minority-group ethnic values pervade all aspects of interaction. The next, a longer section, develops and illustrates the important point that, although there are a number of identifiable discursive patterns that characterize Māori ways of enacting leadership, there is also considerable variation and diversity, within the broad dimensions analyzed, in the ways Māori leaders construct their leadership role. The chapter, thus, explores some of the contrasts as well as the similarities in Māori ways of performing leadership at work.

Keywords: Māori leadership; ethnicity; workplace discourse; ethnicized communities of practice; leadership identity

Chapter.  7887 words. 

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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