Political leadership

Hartley, Jean (2010). Political leadership. In: Brookes, Stephen and Grint, Keith eds. The New Public Leadership Challenge. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 133–149.

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Abstract

From one point of view, all organisations include a political dimension, in that those who lead, work for, manage, govern and contract to organisations have to deal with diverse and sometimes competing interests, with individuals and groups sometimes vying for power and influence and sometimes collaborating with others to achieve outcomes (Hartley and Fletcher 2008). This is politics with a smal "p".

However, this chapter focuses on leadership in formal political systems - what might be called "big P" politics. And the focus is on leadership in democratic societies, i.e. where political leadership is based on electoral legitimacy from, and accountability to, the population, rather than leadership based on military or totalitarian power.

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