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Leadership as Work-embedded Influence: A Micro-discursive Analysis of an Everyday Interaction in a Bank

Larsson, Magnus and Lundholm, Susanne LU (2010) In Leadership 6(2). p.159-184
Abstract
The article examines leader ship as an aspect of everyday work inter actions. Drawing on the findings of an ethnographically inspired study of superior-subordinate relations in a bank, it argues that leader ship can be understood as embedded in everyday work-activities, rather than seen as distinct from these. Relying on the framework of discursive psychology, a micro-level analysis of an informal interaction is presented, showing how discursive strategies in the leader-follower exchange make relevant organizational visions and values rooted in the wider cultural context, and how the follower identity and action alternatives are negotiated in this process. These findings are discussed in the light of current leader ship research, and it is... (More)
The article examines leader ship as an aspect of everyday work inter actions. Drawing on the findings of an ethnographically inspired study of superior-subordinate relations in a bank, it argues that leader ship can be understood as embedded in everyday work-activities, rather than seen as distinct from these. Relying on the framework of discursive psychology, a micro-level analysis of an informal interaction is presented, showing how discursive strategies in the leader-follower exchange make relevant organizational visions and values rooted in the wider cultural context, and how the follower identity and action alternatives are negotiated in this process. These findings are discussed in the light of current leader ship research, and it is suggested that leader ship can be understood as a practical accomplishment. Influence may thus be seen as dependent on or embedded in everyday work, a contention which constitutes a challenge to the widespread distinction between management and leader ship. (Less)
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practice, work, vision, values, micro-discourse, leader ship, identity, influence
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Leadership
volume
6
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2
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159 - 184
publisher
SAGE Publications Inc.
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  • wos:000279396500003
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1742-7169
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10.1177/1742715010363208
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English
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  author       = {Larsson, Magnus and Lundholm, Susanne},
  issn         = {1742-7169},
  keyword      = {practice,work,vision,values,micro-discourse,leader ship,identity,influence},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {159--184},
  publisher    = {SAGE Publications Inc.},
  series       = {Leadership},
  title        = {Leadership as Work-embedded Influence: A Micro-discursive Analysis of an Everyday Interaction in a Bank},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1742715010363208},
  volume       = {6},
  year         = {2010},
}