Navigating a complex organizational landscape : leadership challenges and practices

Browning, Victoria (2011) Navigating a complex organizational landscape : leadership challenges and practices. In British Academy of Management Conference : Building and Sustaining High Performance Organisations in a Challenging Environment, 13–15 September 2011, Aston University, United Kingdom.

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This paper discusses exploratory research to identify the reported leadership challenges faced by leaders in the public sector in Australia and what specific leadership practices they engage in to deal with these challenges. Emerging is a sense that leadership in these complex work environments is not about controlling or mandating action but about engaging in conversation, building relationships and empowering staff to engage in innovative ways to solve complex problems. In addition leaders provide a strong sense of purpose and identity to guide behaviour and decisions to overcome being overwhelmed by the sheer volume of demands in a unpredictable and often unsupportive environment. Questions are raised as to the core competencies leaders need to develop to drive and underpin these leadership practices and the implications this has for the focus on future leadership development programmes. The possible direction of a future research programme will be put forward for further discussion.

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ID Code: 47624
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Organizational Landscape, Leadership , Challenges and Practices
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Organisational Behaviour (150311)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Please consult the author.
Deposited On: 13 Dec 2011 03:03
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2011 05:05

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