Developing distributed leadership: leadership emergence in a sporting context

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    Using the concept of distributed leadership, this paper demonstrates not only that having multiple leaders in an organisation is an effective way of structuring leadership, but that it allows for a range of leadership styles to be performed, each of which meets the immediate needs of a Community of Practice within an organisation. Leadership is shown to be a skill that is acquired through situated learning, and it is through the analysis of leadership discourse that we can see how different leadership styles are developed and negotiated at a local level. Thus, by analysing leadership discourse in a rugby team, this paper challenges the stereotype of the “born leader” and adds further weight to the idea that multiple leaders in an organisation is not only a useful strategy, it is also one that can support leadership emergence and development from within an organisation.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationChallenging leadership stereotypes through discourse
    Subtitle of host publicationpower, management and gender
    EditorsCornelia Ilie, Stephanie Schnurr
    Place of PublicationSingapore
    PublisherSpringer, Springer Nature
    Number of pages24
    ISBN (Electronic)9789811043192
    ISBN (Print)9789811043185
    Publication statusPublished - 4 Sep 2017


    • distributed leadership
    • sport
    • interactional sociolinguistics
    • communities of practice
    • New Zealand


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