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Leadership Theory: Cultivating Critical Perspectives

Book_JacketBy John Dugan

Leadership Theory is designed specifically for use in undergraduate or graduate classrooms providing a comprehensive overview of essential theories informing the leadership studies knowledgebase. The text infuses critical perspectives in a developmental manner that guides readers through increasingly complex ways in which theory can be deconstructed and reconstructed to enhance practice and advance social justice. The book uses compelling examples, critically reflective questions, and multiple approaches to concept illustration to cultivate readers' abilities to engage as critical learners. At the heart of this are powerful counter-narratives offering a range of insights on the challenges and rewards of leadership. Narratives represent accomplished leaders from across a broad range of fields including Eboo Patel, Mary Morten, Felice Gorordo, and more. The facilitator's guide and instructor's website supplement this with case studies, sample syllabi, structured dialogues, and learning activities tied to each chapter.

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Chapter 2: Critical Perspectives as Interpretive Frameworks

If leadership is the sense that we make of it, then perception is a powerful arbiter of the reality we construct. This positions our understandings of, experiences with, and enactments of leadership as necessarily delimited by the perspectives we hold. These perspectives often represent informal theories we carry with us that frame what is defined as "normal." They also reflect broader socialization systems that teach us from an early age implicitly and explicitly about how the world is "supposed" to work. As referenced in the admittedly cheeky quote that opens this chapter, what we accept as "normal" can be frighteningly skewed when contextualized or given greater perspective. In fact, it can contribute to the proliferation of a singular perspective and a "story most often told" regarding what leadership is and is not.

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Author_PhotoJohn Dugan John P. Dugan is a Professor of Higher Education and Director of the Undergraduate Minor in Leadership Studies at Loyola University Chicago. He is Principal Investigator for the Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership (www.leadershipstudy.net), an international research program examining the influences of higher education on leadership development. The study has collected data at over 300 institutions in 6 countries with a data set exceeding 400,000 participants. He also coordinates a qualitative, longitudinal study examining how individuals deeply integrate identity into leadership for social justice across career fields. John is the author of 40+ peer review books, book chapters, and journal articles. John can be reached at jdugan77@gmail.com.

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