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dc.contributor.authorFord, Jackie M.*
dc.contributor.authorHarding, Nancy H.*
dc.contributor.authorGilmore, S.*
dc.contributor.authorRichardson, Sue*
dc.date.accessioned2016-09-12T15:34:51Z
dc.date.available2016-09-12T15:34:51Z
dc.date.issued2017-11-01
dc.identifier.citationFord J, Harding N, Gilmore S and Richardson S (2016) Becoming the leader: leadership as material presence. Organization Studies. 38(11): 1553-1571.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10454/8963
dc.descriptionYesen_US
dc.description.abstractThis paper seeks to understand leaders as material presences. Leadership theory has traditionally explored leaders as sites of disembodied traits, characteristics and abilities. Our qualitative, mixed method study suggests that managers charged with the tasks of leadership operate within a very different understanding. Their endogenous or lay theory understands leadership as physical, corporeal and visible, and as something made manifest through leaders’ material presence. This theory-in-practice holds that leadership qualities are signified by the leader’s physical appearance: the good leader must look the part. Actors consequently work on their own appearance to present an image of themselves as leader. They thus offer a fundamental challenge to dominant exogenous, or academic, theories of leadership. To understand the unspoken assumptions that underpin the lay theory of leadership as material presence, we interrogate it using the new materialist theory of Karen Barad and the object relations theory of Christopher Bollas. This illuminates the lay theory’s complexities and sophisticated insights. In academic terms it offers a theory of how sentient and non-sentient actors intra-act and performatively constitute leadership through complex entanglements that enact and circulate organizational and leadership norms. The paper’s contribution is thus a theory of leadership micro-dynamics in which the leader is materialised through practices of working on a corporeal self for presentation to both self and others.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.rightsThe final, definitive version of this paper has been published in Organization Studies by SAGE Publications Ltd, All rights reserved. © 2017 SAGE Publications Ltd.en_US
dc.subjectLeadership; Materialities; Appearance; Psychoanalysis; Barad; Bollasen_US
dc.titleBecoming the leader: leadership as material presenceen_US
dc.status.refereedYesen_US
dc.date.Accepted2016-09-09
dc.date.application2017-01-28
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.type.versionfinal draft paperen_US
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.1177/0170840616677633
refterms.dateFOA2018-07-25T15:25:59Z


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