Leadership and Autism

  • Amy E. Hurley-HansonEmail author
  • Cristina M. Giannantonio
  • Amy Jane Griffiths
Part of the Palgrave Explorations in Workplace Stigma book series (PAEWS)


Despite the voluminous research on leadership, few studies have examined which leadership theories may be most effective for leading, managing, and supervising employees with ASD. This chapter examines the relationship between leadership and autism from three perspectives. The primary focus of the chapter is a discussion of relationship-based leadership theories to determine whether there are specific leadership styles and behaviors that may be most effective for leading, managing, and supervising employees with ASD. As little is known about the ways that leaders with ASD interact with their subordinates, the chapter offers suggestions for managing leader-follower relationships. The chapter concludes with a discussion of how employees with ASD may position themselves to be effective followers and members of teams in the workplace.


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  • Amy E. Hurley-Hanson
    • 1
    Email author
  • Cristina M. Giannantonio
    • 1
  • Amy Jane Griffiths
    • 1
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