Literature and Leadership: The Role of the Narrative in Organizational Sensemaking

1st Edition

John R Shoup, Troy W. Hinrichs

August 30, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 136 Pages
ISBN 9780367266455 - CAT# K425137
Series: Leadership Horizons


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Great literature provides didactic commentaries on universal themes in the drama of life and provide visceral lessons on leadership. The careful reading of timeless novels position readers to emerge as astute protagonists in their own story in context of the grander narrative and internalize universal themes of the human story. Students of the great works of literature also emerge culturally literate with a better understanding of themselves and others in relation to nobler virtues, traditions, and purposes. In addition to demonstrating great works of literature as being among the first formal books on leadership, this book makes explicit connections between the study of literature and the research found in leadership and management studies.

This book:

    • Provides a bridge between the robust literary world and the leadership and management genre.
    • Demonstrates how language and literature uniquely develops leaders to have a sophisticated understanding of historical and contemporary cultures, events, and people.
    • Documents how powerful narratives either promote or diminish human flourishing.
    • Illustrate the usefulness of all great literature and stories in shaping, engaging, and compelling work place narratives that inspire and engage the collective.
    • Equip leaders and managers with the knowledge and skills to embrace the drama of leadership and engage in meaningful sense-making to help organizations thrive.
    • Encourage readers to be connoisseurs of great works of literature and include such works in their leadership libraries.

This book is ideal for the initiated and uninitiated in the study of literature and leadership by making explicit complementary and relevant insights to make reading and leading much more meaningful. Those unfamiliar with great literature will gain a deeper appreciation for books to serve as tutors and mentors in the ways of leadership and become more discerning readers. Those unfamiliar with the leadership genre will improve their acumen to use endearing and enduring narratives to influence people and organizations.

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