Leadership discourse

Baxter, Judith (2015). Leadership discourse. IN: The encyclopedia of language and social interaction. Tracy, Karen; Ilie, Cornelia and Sandel, Todd (eds) ICAZ - Wiley Blackwell-ICA International Encyclopedias of Communication, 3 . Boston (US): Wiley.


Leadership discourse is both a type of discourse and an emerging field of study. The field examines the ways in which senior people construct their identities through interaction in business and professional settings such as meetings, interviews, and conference calls. The study of leadership discourse has moved away from psychological approaches based on charisma and communication skills, and toward social constructionist and discursive perspectives of how leadership is enacted and performed. Focusing principally on spoken interactions, this article explores definitions of leadership and discourse, the relationship between the two concepts, and the theoretical antecedents of the field of study. It also identifies the major methodological approaches used to analyze leadership discourse with examples from the work of scholars deploying each approach. The article concludes with some reflections on future directions for this field.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118611463.wbielsi084
Divisions: Languages & Social Sciences > English Language
Languages & Social Sciences > English Language research group
Uncontrolled Keywords: professional identities,leadership ,linguistic interactions
Published Date: 2015-05-27


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