Leadership and Sexuality
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Leadership and Sexuality

Power, Principles and Processes

Edited by James K. Beggan and Scott T. Allison

Although both leadership and sexuality are important and heavily researched topics, there is little work that addresses the interaction of the two areas. Leadership and Sexuality: Power, Principles, and Processes is a scholarly synthesis of leadership principles with issues related to sexuality and sexual policy-making. The authors’ multi-disciplinary analysis of the topic examines sexuality in the context of many different kinds of leadership, exploring both the good and the bad aspects of leadership and sexuality.
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Chapter 6: Heterosexism in organizations: The importance of transformational and heroic leadership

Shaun Pichler


Lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) employees represent a relatively large minority group and a significant proportion of the workforce, yet are understudied in mainstream management and organization research relative to other minority groups. Moreover, LGB employees report experiencing extensive discrimination and harassment in the workplace, and there is no comprehensive federal legislation prohibiting sexual orientation discrimination, i.e., heterosexism. In the current chapter, the literatures on heterosexism and LGB-supportive workplace policies are integrated with theory and research on transformational and heroic leadership. The overarching propositions developed from this chapter are that transformational and heroic leadership are directly and indirectly related to heterosexism through the successful implementation of LGB-supportive policies.

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