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Title: Man oh man - looks like a leader to me!
Contributor(s): Sheridan, Alison Jane (author)orcid ; O'Sullivan, Jane (author)
Publication Date: 2007
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Abstract: In this paper we consider the role played by the business press in shaping current understandings of leadership, and argue that despite the rhetoric of more consensual styles of leadership, an heroic image of leadership prevails. The images portrayed in this press not only reflect common images of leadership, they also constitute them (Alvesson and Skoldberg, 2000). Focusing on AFR BOSS magazine we conduct a close textual analysis of the cover pages. Through the application of selected theories of gender pertaining to the social construction of masculinity and of cultural and media studies of celebrity, we find that the front cover images and accompanying stories reinforce a rather questionable narrative of leadership as the terrain of the singular, heroic hegemonic male.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Name: Changes. Challenges. Choices: The Inaugural International Women and Leadership Conference 2006, Fremantle, Western Australia, 16-17 November 2006
Source of Publication: Changes. Challenges. Choices. Conference Proceedings from the Inaugural International Women & Leadership Conference 2006, p. 286-296
Publisher: Women in Social & Economic Research (WiSER)
Place of Publication: Curtin University of Technology, Australia
Field of Research (FOR): 150399 Business and Management not elsewhere classified
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: E1 Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
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