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Leaders, Power, and the Paradoxical Position: Fantasies for Leaders’ Liberation

Abreu Pederzini, Gerardo David (2018) Leaders, Power, and the Paradoxical Position: Fantasies for Leaders’ Liberation. Journal of Management Inquiry, 28 (3). pp. 325-338. ISSN 1056-4926. E-ISSN 1552-6542. (doi:10.1177/1056492617696891) (KAR id:62308)


In this article, I explore how by furthering our understanding of the concept of power, a critical perspective of the leaders and power debate could emerge, where leaders are no longer only sources of power and almighty heroes but, by contrast, become accepted for the impotence that concurrently characterizes them too. The paradoxical position, of how leaders are demanded to control things they cannot, is an example of power over leaders. In order to cope, with power over them, such as their paradoxical position, leaders fantasize, and through their own fantasies, leaders could liberate themselves. By taking the case of England’s higher education sector and its leaders, where primary qualitative research was done during a recent period of turmoil, the article explores how leaders through their fantasizing could liberate themselves from their paradoxical position. Particularly, I explore the role of magical realist fantasies, which disguise the fantasy as a matter-of-fact.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/1056492617696891
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Kent Business School - Division > Kent Business School (do not use)
Depositing User: Gerardo Abreu Pederzini
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 15:07 UTC
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2024 16:46 UTC
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Abreu Pederzini, Gerardo David.

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