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Can we do without leaders?

in Leadership

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780199569915
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191777592 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/actrade/9780199569915.003.0008

Series: Very Short Introductions

Can we do without leaders?

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‘Can we do without leaders?’ considers whether or not leadership is an unnecessary aspect of society or organization, or if it should be ‘distributed’, either moderately (so that leadership is shared) or radically (so that, because everyone is a leader, no-one is). It concludes that we need to concentrate on mechanisms for holding individual and collective leaders accountable and on creating a more responsible citizenship that is more willing to engage in acts of leadership. We must also accept collaborative leadership where members of the collective must authorize each other to lead because collectives are notoriously poor at decision-making.

Keywords: decision-making; distancing; lead; leader; leadership

Chapter.  4313 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Leadership and Motivation

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