Leadership in a Changing World

Leadership in a Changing World : Dynamic Perspectives on Groups and Their Leaders

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This book addresses the major problems of leadership in groups, organizations, and societies in the twenty-first century, when rapid change, complex dilemmas, and earth-shattering consequences affect the daily lives of people in the diverse contexts of social institutions, the corporate world, domestic politics, and international terrorism and conflict. The volume convenes a group of distinguished scholars, consultants, and leaders who address significant contemporary dilemmas that test the skills and knowledge of all concerned individuals. Benjamin Disraeli said, "I am their leader; therefore I must follow them." This book speaks directly to that intimate connection between leaders and followers. The organizing principle of the book is a 'group systems' understanding of leadership further elaborated through the relational and intersubjective concepts emerging in the fields of counseling, dynamic psychiatry, and psychotherapy. This interdisciplinary approach both complements and contrasts with the traditional understanding of leadership based on the dynamics of individual and collective self-interest.show more

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  • Paperback | 258 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 20.32mm | 385.55g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739123971
  • 9780739123973

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These cogently edited papers by experienced and knowledgeable experts in their special disciplines explore and illuminate the co-creation of leadership in various kinds of social systems, ranging from small therapy groups to nation-states. This is a timely, useful and entirely relevant contribution to the knowledge and wisdom that humankind will desperately need for surviving the challenges of the 21st Century. This book makes creative use of societal trauma in exploring dynamics and solutions of leadership and conflict... -- Earl Hopper, psychoanalyst and group analyst, London, and former president, International Association of Group Psychotherapy Klein, Rice and Schermer have provided a multi-authored book that offers a fresh and complex perspective on leadership. Readers will find themselves stimulated by its wealth of excellent ideas... -- Walter Stone, past president of the American Group Psychotherapy Association This remarkable work could not be more relevant or more timely. It is.a superb work to which outstanding scholars and leaders from diverse backgrounds have contributed. It is an exciting read and an invaluable introduction to current dynamic models and theories applied to a range of social, political, historic, and economic issues... -- James S. Grotstein, psychoanalyst at University of California at Los Angeles This volume stands on the cutting edge of applied group psychology, as it pertains to vital social issues. The innovative theme of the co-creation of leaders and groups permeates the chapters... -- Howard D. Kibel, clinical professor of psychiatry at New York Medical College If ever the world needed special leaders, it is now. So a book such as this one, which examines the qualities required for leadership in a variety of settings, is timely. Drs. Klein, Rice and Schermer have assembled a world-class team of contributors. Beginning with chapters on theories of groups and group leadership, this material comes alive in several case studies. This is an important book... -- J. Scott Rutan, co-founder of Boston Institute for Psychotherapy I recommend this book to anyone interested in large group contexts, such as consultants and organizational developers. In fact, all people working in organizations and institutions will find these articles about leadership and context helpful, especially if they begin to see themselves as the co-creators of leadership... This book is a milestone on the path towards a changing paradigm for leadership, a paradigm that is needed in changing times. It is my hope that out of the readership will emerge future authors applying their own new knowledge and insight into leadership. The readership of the book is fundamental. International Journal Of Group Psychotherapyshow more

About Robert H. Klein

Robert H. Klein is Distinguished Life Fellow and past president of the American Group Psychotherapy Association, diplomate in group psychology, lecturer in the department of psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine and a certified group psychotherapist. Cecil A. Rice is a licensed psychologist, co-founder and president of the Boston Institute for Psychotherapy, and associate editor of the International Journal of Group Psychotherapy. Victor L. Schermer is a licensed clinical psychologist, director of the Study Group for Contemporary Psychoanalytic Process, fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association and a certified group psychotherapist.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Acknowledgments Chapter 3 Introduction: Co-creating In-depth Leadership for a New Millennium Part 4 Part I: Concepts and Theories Chapter 5 Chapter 1: Modes of Leadership: Diplomacy, Sincerity, and Authenticity Chapter 6 Chapter 2: What the I May See: Leadership, Identity, and Representation Chapter 7 Chapter 3: The Dynamics of Gender, Race, and Leadership Chapter 8 Chapter 4: Some Psychoanalytic Views on Leaders with Narcssistic Personality Organization and Their Roles in Large-Group Processes Part 9 Part II: Case Studies Chapter 10 Chapter 5: The Co-Creation of Current and Prospective Political Leadership in America: 9/11, the Bush Years, and the 2008 Race for the Presidency Chapter 11 Chapter 6: Managing Systemic and Leadership Problems in a Corporate Setting: A Case Study Chapter 12 Chapter 7: Lessons in Leadership and Conflict Resolution: Working with Palestinians and Israelis in a Conjoint Educational Effort Chapter 13 Chapter 8: When Hatred is Bred in the Bone: Terrorist Group Dynamics and the Psycho-cultural Foundations of Contemporary Terrorism Chapter 14 Chapter 9: The Role of Idealization and Mirroring in Creating a Mutual Regulatory Symbiosis between Leaders and Groups in the Northern Ireland Conflict and Peace Processshow more

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