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From the Black Square to the Red Square: Rebel leadership constructed as process through a narrative on art

Edwards, Gareth

Authors

Gareth Edwards Gareth3.Edwards@uwe.ac.uk
Professor of Leadership and Community Studies



Abstract

The contribution this paper makes to leadership studies is to advance leadership theory towards a process based perspective based on an appreciation of art. The article does this by using a narrative on art in Russia. The narrative forms the basis for discussing the role that symbolism and aesthetics play in (re)interpreting rebel leadership. The article also explores James Downton’s work alongside the narration to develop a socially constructed process based interpretation of rebel leadership. Building on this interpretation fundamental aspects of process-based leadership so far missing from the literature are highlighted. One such aspect is the ridicule (in this case through caricature) of existing leaders and leadership by the incumbent leader and/or leadership process – a pre-stage to the emergence of rebel leadership. Other aspects include stages of social and organizational liminality and introspection. From here suggestions are made for further theoretical and empirical enquiry and practical implications are highlighted.

Citation

Edwards, G. (2017). From the Black Square to the Red Square: Rebel leadership constructed as process through a narrative on art. Leadership, 13(1), 100-119. https://doi.org/10.1177/1742715015626242

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 18, 2015
Online Publication Date Jan 28, 2016
Publication Date Jan 1, 2017
Journal Leadership
Print ISSN 1742-7150
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 13
Issue 1
Pages 100-119
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/1742715015626242
Keywords rebel leadership, narrative, process, art and revolution
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/900730
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1742715015626242

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