The leaderful 'turn': realising leadership as practice
IBSM Master Class
In this masterclass presentation, Joe Raelin, the Asa Knowles Chair of Practice-Oriented Education at Northeastern University in Boston, USA, will attempt to supplement a now ongoing critical turn in leadership deconstructing it from its identity as an individual trait. In some of the recent constructions, it is viewed more as a lived process and product of those contributing to an endeavor of import who together decide on their responsibilities. Among these critiques are those who are building a practice perspective of leadership, now referred to as ‘leadership-as-practice’ or L-A-P. L-A-P begins with a simple yet controversial proposition – that to find leadership, we must look to the practice within which it is occurring. Joe is attempting to enrich L-A-P having developed his own democratic ideological version, known as ‘leaderful practice’. Leaderful calls for the co-creation of community by all who are involved interdependently in its development. In this masterclass, after introducing both approaches, he will try to show how one – leaderful practice – realises the other – L-A-P!
In recent times, a number of researchers have picked up the mantle to develop the emerging practice perspective, though their constructions are based on a diverse set of historical, disciplinary, and cultural traditions. Joe will point to some of these and will offer some of the research opportunities these models afford. From this point, there should be time to dedicate to questions of leadership development (when practice is at stake), as per the interest of the masterclass participants.
Speaker biography: Joe Raelin is an internationally-recognized scholar in the fields of work-based learning and leadership. He holds the Asa S. Knowles Chair of Practice-Oriented Education at Northeastern University’s D’Amore-McKim School of Business in Boston where he is also professor of management and organizational development. He is the author of nine books, among which are: Creating Leaderful Organizations, Work-Based Learning, and The Leaderful Fieldbook.