Conference: Rethinking Leadership in an Age of Complexity l Mater of Business Administration
agosto 4/6:00 pm - 7:00 pm CDT
The world is becoming more complex and interdependent creating VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous) conditions that challenge the effectiveness of traditional forms of leadership. Under conditions of complexity the future is unknowable and the ability to discern cause and effect relationships is limited due to multiple, interacting systems. For advancements in leadership science to better address this changing global context of complexity, more inclusive and integrative theoretical perspectives are needed that cut across a variety of theoretical domains (Atonakis & Day, 2018). In particular, further development surrounding collective, contextual, and affective understandings of leadership are required (Hernandez, Eberly, Avolio & Johnson, 2011). In essence, existing theoretical constructs for leadership in environments of complexity are inadequate. I propose a theory of “collective self-leadership” (CSL), building on Kerr and Jermier’s substitutes for leadership (1978), Weick and Roberts’ collective mind (1993), Manz’ self-leadership (1986, 2015), Uhl-Bien and Arena’s leadership for organizational adaptability (2018), and incorporating constructs from the fields of evolutionary biology, neurobiology, and affect science. Implications of the theory are explored including revisiting ideas about the relationship among power, influence, and leadership, and the importance of good theory for developing appropriate solutions to challenging problems confronting organizations.
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