Leader-follower perspectives

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This entry provides a presentation of different leader-follower perspectives. Traditional leadership research has a psychological orientation and focuses on leaders as persons. Leaders are conceptualized as active communicators and subordinates/followers as more or less passive recipients, which implies a monologic, transmission-oriented view of communication. In recent years, there has been a turn in leadership research with an increased focus on leadership as a mutual, discursive process. Followers are conceptualized as co-producers of leadership, and leadership is conceived as dynamic, fluent process with interchanging roles. The notion of leadership as a social, discursive process goes hand in hand with a dialogic, constructionist view of communication.


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  • Media and Communications
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe international encyclopedia of strategic communication
EditorsR. L. Heath, Winni Johansen
ISBN (Print) 978-1-119-01071-5
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Publication categoryResearch