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Enabling or "real" power and influence in leadership

Drew, Glenys M. (2010) Enabling or "real" power and influence in leadership. Journal of Leadership Studies, 4(1), pp. 47-58.

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Abstract

On the theme of personal development, this conceptual article aims to provoke thought about power and influence in leadership by means of a short excursion into character depictions in J.R.R Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings (1966). It is said of mythopoeic literature, the genre of Tolkien’s work, that the very simplicity of the lens “pares away distractions,” “opens the way to unexpected connections,...[and] draws attention to alternative modes of being and thinking” (Greene, 1994, p. 457). Taking the liberty of perceived applicability of Tolkien’s literary genius to motifs on leadership, this article provokes thinking on what constitutes “real” power and influence in leadership. It is contended that demonstrating real power and influence in leadership lies not in coercive tactics of wielding power over others but in withholding usurping power to work with and enable others to achieve worthwhile ends.

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ID Code: 32965
Item Type: Journal Article
DOI: 10.1002/jls.20154
ISSN: 1935-262x
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 University of Phoenix
Deposited On: 30 Jun 2010 07:43
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2013 18:21

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