Examining perceptions of leaders which are dependent on social and cultural contexts, this edited collection argues that in order to thrive and to understand the future business landscape, leaders must be inclusive and create followership. With existing research tending to conflate leadership roles with notions of masculinity and agency, this study provides examples of how to alter and challenge prevalent stereotypes and ultimately contribute to greater organisational effectiveness. Addressing the under-representation of women in leadership roles, contributions explore inclusivity and exclusivity in leading organisations, the politics of gendered differences and the value of leader-follower dynamics. Inclusive Leadership will be of great use to business leaders, employees, policy-makers, and academics seeking practical implications for formulating effective leader-follower strategies in organisations.
Sujana Adapa is Senior Lecturer in Management (Strategy & Marketing) in the UNE Business School at the University of New England, Australia. She has published widely in international journals, including Critical Perspectives on Accounting, the Journal of Cleaner Production, the Australasian Journal of Information Systems and the Australasian Journal of Regional Studies.
Alison Sheridan is Professor of Management and currently Head of the UNE Business School at the University of New England, Australia. She has been teaching and researching the experience of women in paid work, including their representation on boards, for more than two decades. Her research often focuses on regional context and her work has appeared in Gender Work and Organization, Gender and Education, Corporate Governance: An International Review and the International Journal of Human Resource Management.
1. Leadership from the Margins: Practising Inclusivity with 'Outsiders Within'; Helena Liu.- 2. Champions for Charities: Exploring Inclusive Leadership in the Non-Profit Sector in Australia; Theresa Smith-Ruig.- 3. Female Leadership within the Military: The Influence of Neoliberal Institutionalism' Derek McAvoy and Kevin Burgess.- 4. Small and Medium-Sized Accounting Firms in India: Inclusive or Exclusive Leadership; Sujana Adapa and Alison Sheridan.- 5. The Same of Different: How Women have become Included in Corporate Leadership in Australia; Karen Handley, Anne Ross-Smith and Sue Wright.- 6. Examining the Politics of Gendered Difference in Feminine Leadership: The Absence of 'Female Masculinity'; Alison Pullen and Sheena Vachhani.- 7. Leaders and Followers: Co-Constructing a Creative Identity; Heather Round.- 8. Promoting Healthy Leader-Follower Dynamics to Enhance Workplace Equality; Jennifer Rindfleish.- 9. Revisiting the Strategic Leadership Paradigm: A Gender Inclusive Perspective; Arash Najmaei.