Toward Relational Leading – by Kenneth J. Gergen


Traditional practices of leadership are lodged in a vision of the organization as a machine, with the leader fundamentally in charge of its functioning. In the contemporary world of rapid change this form of leadership is ineffective. If we understand the organization as a matrix of meaning making, the effective leader is one who works collaboratively with others. This article outlines significant dimensions of such leadership.


Author: Kenneth J. Gergen

Kenneth Gergen is a Senior Research Professor at Swarthmore College, and President of the Taos Institute. He is internationally known for his contributions to social constructionist theory and relational theory and practice. His major writings include Realities and Relationships, The Saturated Self, and Relational Being: Beyond Self and Community. 


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