Challenging Leadership Stereotypes through Discourse

Power, Management and Gender

  • Cornelia Ilie
  • Stephanie Schnurr

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Cornelia Ilie, Stephanie Schnurr
    Pages 1-11
  3. Challenging Stereotyping Discourse Practices in Leadership Conceptualisation and Performance

  4. Case Studies on Exposing and Problematising Gender Stereotypes in Leadership Discourse Practices

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 267-270

About this book


This multidisciplinary volume brings together wide-ranging empirical research that goes behind the scenes of diverse organizations dealing with business, politics, law, media, education, and sports to unravel stereotypes of discursive leadership practices as they unfold in situ. It includes contributions that explore how leadership discourse is impacted by increasing pressures of “glocalisation” (the need to communicate across cultures and languages), “mediatisation” (leaving ubiquitous digital traces), standardization (with quality management programmes negotiating organizational procedures), mobility (endless fast-paced long distance synchronization) and acceleration (permanent co-adaption and change). The discussion of purposefully chosen case studies moves beyond questions of who is a leader and what leaders do, to how leadership stereotypes are being challenged in various communities of practice, and thereby making change possible. Cross-cultural and interdisciplinary approaches are used to get deeper insights into the competing, multi-voiced, controversial and complex identities and relationships enacted in leadership discourse practices.

“This volume is a must-read for anyone interested in leadership discourse. Focusing on the under-researched area of stereotyping, it offers a fresh and much-needed perspective.”

Louise Mullany, Professor, Faculty of Arts, University of Nottingham, UK

“A timely and highly recommendable contribution to the leadership field, clearly demonstrating the value of taking discourse seriously and exploring it in depth!”

Magnus Larsson, Associate Professor, Department of Organization

Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

“Cornelia Ilie and Stephanie Schnurr have edited an exciting volume with incisive analysis that grounds leadership in issues of power, context, meaning, and interaction process.”

Gail Fairhurst, Distinguished University Research Professor University of Cincinnati, USA


distributed approaches to leadership competitive leadership leadership discourse gender and leadership leadership strategies leadership and culture cultural leadership stereotypes wellbeing in the workplace leadership in political discourse linguistic practices of leadership feminist discourse analysis female leadership communication leadership, gender and storytelling

Editors and affiliations

  • Cornelia Ilie
    • 1
  • Stephanie Schnurr
    • 2
  1. 1.Malmö UniversityMalmöUnited Arab Emirates
  2. 2.Centre for Applied LinguisticsUniversity of WarwickCoventryUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-981-10-4318-5
  • Online ISBN 978-981-10-4319-2
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