Post-leadership leadership: mastering the new liquidity

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This chapter discusses liquid selves, liquid organisations and liquid aesthetics as three facets of a post-canonical theory of leadership relations. Leadership changes in liquid spaces, becoming a form of post-leadership leadership. Bauman distinguishes between solid and liquid modernity. Solid modernity represents the world of conventional organisation and management theory. Liquid selves are valorised as free selves: free to choose, free to take responsible action for their self, free to construct their own biographies and projections of self. These are all self-centred, even as they project synoptically to others. More established liquid organisations will prefer a signature architect, preferably a starchitect. Hancock suggests that liquid organisations will seek to structure fun, novelty and excitement into the experience of being at work. The work itself becomes liquid-it spills over into downtime, occupies the wakeful creative moments of the organisational members and travels with them as they use their portable digital devices.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAfter Leadership
EditorsBrigid Carroll, Josh Firth, Suze Wilson
Place of PublicationNew York
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)9781138087811
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NameRoutledge studies in leadership research


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