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Full Title: Leadership and Discourse: Exploring Leadership Practices, Image Construction and Power Management

Location: New Delhi, India
Start Date: 08-Sep-2013 - 13-Sep-2013
Contact: Cornelia Ilie
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting Description: Leadership and Discourse: Exploring Leadership Practices, Image Construction and Power Management
Panel organized within the 13th International Pragmatics Conference, to be held in New Delhi, India, 8-13 September 2013


Cornelia Ilie, Malmö (Sweden)
Geert Jacobs, Ghent (Belgium)
Daniel Perrin, Zürich (Switzerland)

It’s been argued that managers ‘win the game’ by understanding the rules, applying them, and purposely breaking them at times (Nielsen 2009) while leaders win by understanding that rules change, by anticipating that things move in different directions, and by inspiring their teams to follow - even without evidence (Bolden & Gosling 2006). Recent work in this area has given evidence of the crucial role of language in this game (Clifton, 2012. Such insights call for a new strand of research that is no longer quantitative, rooted in social psychology and focused on what leaders are, but qualitative, oriented towards discourse and interested in what leaders do.


Bolden, Richard, & Gosling, Jonathan (2006). Leadership competencies: Time to change the tune? Leadership, 2(2), 147–163.

Clifton, Jonathan (2012). A discursive approach to leadership. Journal of Business Communication, 49(2), 148-168.

Nielsen, Mie Femo (2009). Interpretative management in business meetings. Understanding managers’ interactional strategies through conversation analysis. Journal of Business Communication, 46(1), 23-56.
Linguistic Subfield: Pragmatics; Discourse Analysis
LL Issue: 23.4199

This is a session of the following meeting:
13th International Pragmatics Conference

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