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‘Humanity will not be saved by promises’: Using an unleadership lens to restory the ‘blah blah bah’ of leadership at COP26

Gaggiotti, Hugo; Kars-Unluoglu, Selen; Galpin, Kay; Jarvis, Carol

Authors

Hugo Gaggiotti Hugo.Gaggiotti@uwe.ac.uk
Professor in Human Resource Management

Selen Kars Selen.Kars@uwe.ac.uk
Associate Professor in Organisation Studies

Kay Galpin

Carol Jarvis Carol4.Jarvis@uwe.ac.uk
Professor in Knowledge Exchange, Public and Business Engagement and Innovation



Abstract

This paper identifies ways in which leaders, affected nations and activists construct their leadership practices in different ways to address the climate crisis. Whether they advocate for leadership or against it, there remains an opportunity to learn from the way they (often imperfectly) narrate the challenge. This consequently shapes practices of leadership. We offer the approach of restorying (Boje,2014) and the lens of unleading (Kars-Unluoglu et al. (2022) to illuminate these opportunities. We will discuss the constructed nature of the crisis and offer restorying as an approach to explore alternative leaderly practices. Through examination of the speeches delivered at COP26 by leaders, affected nations and activists, we uncover how practices are constructed and reconstructed and through restorying, offer the practice of unleadership as an alternative.

Citation

Gaggiotti, H., Kars-Unluoglu, S., Galpin, K., & Jarvis, C. (2022, July). ‘Humanity will not be saved by promises’: Using an unleadership lens to restory the ‘blah blah bah’ of leadership at COP26. Paper presented at 38th EGOS Colloquium, Vienna

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (unpublished)
Conference Name 38th EGOS Colloquium
Conference Location Vienna
Start Date Jul 7, 2022
End Date Jul 9, 2022
Deposit Date Aug 4, 2022
Keywords unleadership; climate change; restorying; discourse analysis
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/9838302
Related Public URLs https://www.egos.org/2022_Vienna/General-Theme