Managerial leadership: Identities, processes, and interactions

Sveningsson, Stefan, Alvehus, Johan and Alvesson, Mats (2012). Managerial leadership: Identities, processes, and interactions. In Stefan Tengblad (Ed.), The Work of Managers: Towards a Practice Theory of Management (pp. 69-86) Oxford United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199639724.003.0004

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Author Sveningsson, Stefan
Alvehus, Johan
Alvesson, Mats
Title of chapter Managerial leadership: Identities, processes, and interactions
Title of book The Work of Managers: Towards a Practice Theory of Management
Place of Publication Oxford United Kingdom
Publisher Oxford University Press
Publication Year 2012
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199639724.003.0004
ISBN 9780199639724
Editor Stefan Tengblad
Chapter number 4
Start page 69
End page 86
Total pages 17
Total chapters 18
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Three perspectives of leadership are discussed: the transformative (i.e. the heroic), the post-heroic, and the mundane. The chapter concludes that if we want to understand managerial leadership as an empirical phenomenon and as a work practice, we need to base our understanding of leadership on ordinary managers’ work. In order to understand leadership as a work practice, we need more theories that are grounded in managers’ behaviours rather than in the theoretical and ideological underpinnings researchers and other societal actors assign them. A muddling-through manager who is occupied with various administrative, relational, and ill-specified work tasks can do excellent work, while the manager who takes the role of the heroic leader may cause serious problems. Management research should avoid the heroic and post-heroic misconceptions of what managers do or should do.
Keyword Ttransformative leadership
Post heroic leadership
Mundane leadership
Work practices
Empirical phenomena
Managerial behaviour
Q-Index Code B1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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