Leadership-as-Practice: Theory and Application (Routledge, 2016)
27 Pages Posted: 12 May 2016
Date Written: February 1, 2016
This is an introduction to Leadership-as-Practice: Theory and Application. This book develops a new paradigm in the field of leadership studies, referred to as the L-A-P movement. Its essence is its conception of leadership as occurring as a practice rather than residing in the traits or behaviors of particular individuals. A practice is a coordinative effort among participants who choose through their own rules to achieve a distinctive outcome. It also tends to encompass routines as well as problem-solving or coping skills, often tacit, that are shared by a community. Accordingly, leadership-as-practice is less about what one person thinks or does and more about what people may accomplish together. It is thus concerned with how leadership emerges and unfolds through day-to-day experience. The social and material contingencies impacting the leadership constellation – the people who are effecting leadership at any given time – do not reside outside of leadership but are very much embedded within it. To find leadership, then, we must look to the practice within which it is occurring.
Keywords: leadership, leadership-as-practice, leaderful practice, collective leadership, distributed leadership, relational leadership, leadership development
JEL Classification: J24, M10, M12, M14, M53, M54
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Raelin, Joseph A., Leadership-as-Practice: Introduction (February 1, 2016). Leadership-as-Practice: Theory and Application (Routledge, 2016); Northeastern U. D’Amore-McKim School of Business Research Paper No. 2776794. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2776794