Exige-stential leadership: exploring the limits of leadership in a crisis

Stoten, David (2021) Exige-stential leadership: exploring the limits of leadership in a crisis. Leadership & Organization Development Journal. ISSN 0143-7739 (In Press)

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1108/LODJ-09-2020-0378

Abstract

Purpose
The purpose of this paper is to explore how leadership can better respond to a crisis. It aims to integrate ideas from existentialism into a discussion of how leadership could develop and provoke debate.

Design/methodology/approach
A review of the literature on leadership, crisis management and existentialism was adopted for the preferred research methodology.

Findings
This paper identified a gap in the literature on leadership in an exigency and offered an alternative to the technical-rationalist conceptions of leadership behaviour.

Practical implications
Reference is made to the benefits of counselling for leaders following a crisis.

Originality/value
This paper is an original contribution to the work on leadership. Through the concept of exige-stential leadership, this paper integrates ideas taken from existentialist philosophy, to provide a new way of conceptualising leadership in an exigency.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Exige-stential leadership, Existentialism, Authentic leadership, Complexity theory, Crisis management
Subjects: N100 Business studies
N200 Management studies
N900 Others in Business and Administrative studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2021 15:22
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2021 14:45
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/45192

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