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Niina Uolamo and Arja Ropo

In this chapter we describe a study on workspaces and employee well-being. We point out how the subjective and sensuous experiences in the physical work environment and its changes lead their practices and feelings of well-being. The study uses narrative interviews as well as pictures taken by the informants. We emphasize that the visual and other sensuous materials complement the interviews and are needed because people often find it difficult to talk about their feelings and sensations of the spaces. The chapter develops and elaborates on the idea that leadership not only happens between humans but is also spatially informed. It gives an empirical illustration of how leadership plays out as a sociomaterial phenomenon as a relationship between organizational space and employee well-being.

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Edited by Arja Ropo, Perttu Salovaara, Erika Sauer and Donatella De Paoli

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Arja Ropo, Donatella De Paoli, Perttu Salovaara and Erika Sauer

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Edited by Arja Ropo, Perttu Salovaara, Erika Sauer and Donatella De Paoli

By combining new research on leadership and workspaces, Leadership in Spaces and Places argues for a radical reconceptualization of leadership. They argue leadership is not only about leaders themselves, but is also affected by the built environment. With contributions from both scholars and practitioners alike, the authors discuss leadership in six different contexts: • workspaces in change • open-office spaces • virtual workspaces • service spaces • cultural spaces • institutional spaces.
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Arja Ropo, Donatella De Paoli and Ralph Bathurst

This chapter addresses creative leadership in a creative domain, the arts and art organizations. In fact, one might even expect that leading creative work would call for creative ways of leading. The authors use an aesthetic approach to leadership to discuss the theme. By aesthetic they refer to sense-based perceptions, embodied ways of relating to each other, intuition, and emotions. They provide empirical examples of leadership aspects that are especially important in artistic contexts. The illustrations are from the performing arts, especially from the fields of music and theatre. Reflexive awareness, dwelling in senses, interrogating senses, and being tuned to the rhythm of the artistic process were found to be important. Listening, gazing, and embodied gestures are examples of aesthetic leadership practices.