This special issue emerges from a call for papers issued following the 18th International Studying Leadership Conference, hosted at the University of the West of England in December 2019, which addressed the theme of ‘Putting leadership in its place’. There was a certain playfulness to the topic, which invited contributors to not only look at the role of ‘place’ within Leadership Studies but also to actively challenge the reverence in which ‘leaders’ and ‘leadership’ are often held. In keeping with the purpose of the conference, and the journal Leadership that its founders David Collinson and Keith Grint established, we called for a critical reappraisal of assumptions around leadership theory, practice and development. Little did we know at the time of the turbulence and uncertainty that would follow, as the Coronavirus pandemic brought the world to a standstill and laid bare the deep divisions and inequalities within our societies as well as the complex interconnections and interdependencies between the places in which we live and work.
Sutherland, N., Bolden, R., Edwards, G., & Schedlitzki, D. (2022). Putting leadership in its place: Introduction to the special issue. Leadership, 18(1), 3-12. https://doi.org/10.1177/17427150221083498