The Deceitful Romance of Caring Leadership: A Leaders’ Perspective

Abreu Pederzini, G. (2018) The Deceitful Romance of Caring Leadership: A Leaders’ Perspective. In: British Academy of Management Conference 2018, 04-06 Sep 2018, Bristol, UK. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

The romance of leadership argues that followers romanticize their leaders. Part of this romance emerges from followers’ need to fill a void in their lives. The archetype of the caring leader is precisely a type of romantic ideal of leaders that followers build specifically to satisfy their inner frustration of feeling abandoned in a world that does not care for them. So far, we understand, thus, the followers’ side of this equation. However, what about leaders? How could being casted as caring leaders benefit them? In this paper, using primary research done in the context of a turbulent period of regulatory change in English higher education, I argue that the archetype of the caring leader enables leaders to romanticize their followers as children in distress that need them. Something that allows leaders to fill the void of feeling impotent by recouping some power while pretending to save their children.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School
Depositing User: Gerardo Abreu Pederzini
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2018 18:41 UTC
Last Modified: 05 Oct 2018 08:38 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/69379 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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