A New Look at Old Questions, Second Edition
Chapter 4: What goes on in the relationship between leaders and followers?
Contemporary scholarship concerning ‘relational leadership’ begins to point to the space between leaders and followers as crucial to making leadership happen. Phenomenology, and particularly the work of Maurice Merleau-Ponty moves this thinking forward by introducing a number of key concepts, including ‘reversibility’ and ‘flesh’. Reversibility is the idea that a large part of knowing ourselves is predicated on how we understand ourselves to be perceived by others. ‘Flesh’ is Merleau Ponty’s way of conceptualizing the inter-subjective space through which perception and reversibility occur. This chapter applies these concepts to leadership, showing the often unstable and fluid nature of relations between those who take up leader and follower roles.
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