Chapter 5: Embodied leadership: a perspective on reciprocal body movement
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This chapter explores the concept of embodied leadership and its ontological and epistemological underpinnings in educational and other organisational settings. Embodiment, derived from phenomenology, emphasises body-mind entanglement and the human body’s embeddedness in its cultural, historical, and social context. In this chapter, we explore what it means at the concrete level of body movements if we consider leadership as an embodied, relational phenomenon. To concretise these ideas, we use examples from dance movement therapy-based leadership facilitation. The purpose is to show how defining embodiment as a reciprocal bodily movement in the ‘flesh’ of organisations can lead to a more holistic understanding of leadership.

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