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The Social Construction of Leadership: A Sailing Guide

The Social Construction of Leadership: A Sailing Guide

Management Communication Quarterly
May 2010 vol. 24 no. 2 171-210

Gail T. Fairhurst
David Grant

Abstract

A growing body of literature now exists concerning the social construction of leadership. This literature draws on a variety of definitions of social constructionism, multiple constructs, and an array of perspectives, approaches, and methods. To identify and understand the differences among them, this article provides a sailing guide, comprising four key dimensions, to the social construction of leadership. It applies the guide to the social constructionist leadership literature, including the articles in this special issue. It then discusses how the guide can act as a reflexive tool when various choice points are revealed and a means by which to chart future paths for social constructionist leadership research.

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