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Blended leadership: employee perspectives on effective leadership in the UK further education sector

Collinson, D L and Collinson, M (2009) Blended leadership: employee perspectives on effective leadership in the UK further education sector. Leadership, 5 (3). pp. 365-380. ISSN 1742-7150

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    Abstract

    This article explores employee perspectives on effective leader ship in UK Further Education (FE). Studies on leader ship effectiveness typically seek either to specify the individual qualities of ‘heroic’ leaders or, increasingly, to highlight the collective nature of ‘post-heroic’ leader ship. While these discourses are frequently seen as dichotomous and competing, our research found that FE employees often value practices that combine elements of both. They tended to prefer subtle and versatile practices that we term ‘blended leader ship’; an approach that values, for example, both delegation and direction, both proximity and distance and both internal and external engagement. Drawing on other studies which indicate that paradoxical blends of apparently irreconcilable opposites might form the basis for effective leader ship, the article considers the implications of this analysis for the study of Higher Education (HE). It concludes by highlighting the potential value of more dialectical approaches to the theory and practice of leadership.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Leadership
    Uncontrolled Keywords: delegation ; direction ; external ; followership ; heroic ; internal engagements ; post-heroic leadership ; proximity
    Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
    Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Management Learning & Leadership
    Lancaster University Management School > Organisation, Work & Technology
    ID Code: 45439
    Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
    Deposited On: 11 Jul 2011 19:32
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2013 20:48
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/45439

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