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Leadership and Discovery

  • George R. Goethals
  • J. Thomas Wren

Part of the Jepson Studies in Leadership book series (JSL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction

    1. George R. Goethals, J. Thomas Wren
      Pages 1-8
  3. Defining the Leadership of Discovery

  4. Leading Discovery

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 45-45
    2. Felipe Fernández-Armesto
      Pages 47-59
  5. Experiencing Leadership and Discovery

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 99-99
    2. David A. Dunning
      Pages 101-119
    3. Jeffrey A. Hoffman
      Pages 121-141
    4. Gerrit L. Verschuur
      Pages 143-154
  6. Ethical Challenges in the Leadership of Discovery

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 203-208

About this book


This book, a collection of essays from scholars across disciplines, explores leadership of discovery, probing the guided and collaborative exploration and interpretation of the experience of our inner thoughts and feelings, and of our external worlds.


amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) astronomy discovery essay ethics experience exploration feeling history history of literature history of mathematics interpret interpretation leadership space exploration

Editors and affiliations

  • George R. Goethals
    • 1
  • J. Thomas Wren
    • 1
  1. 1.Jepson School of Leadership StudiesUniversity of RichmondUSA

About the editors

Author George R. Goethals: George R. Goethals is Professor of Leadership Studies and holder of the E. Claiborne Robins Distinguished Professorship in Leadership Studies at the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond, USA.

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"Great discoveries require leadership, but that leadership is as often flawed as it is highly skilled. The thought-provoking essays in Leadership and Discovery brilliantly illustrate that fundamental discoveries follow from the coincidental joining of a particular context and certain key leadership abilities. The well-rounded repertoire of managerial skills described in leadership texts is generally not present." - Alice H. Eagly, Professor of Psychology and of Management and Organizations and the James Padilla Chair of Arts and Sciences, Northwestern University

"One hundred years ago, leadership and discovery were nearly synonymous. As Goethals and Wren argue in this new and path-breaking book, that is no longer the case and there are many domains - technology and medicine for instance - in which the two phenomena are overlapping and distinct. This book adds needed and modern up-dates to many of the questions that leadership scholars have wrestled with for decades and it poses new questions with which the next generation of leadership students will need to cope. This is a must read book for anyone interested in leadership and discovery!" - David M. Messick, Morris and Alice Kaplan Professor Emeritus of Ethics and Decision in Management, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.