Exige-stential leadership: exploring the limits of leadership in a crisis

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Abstract

Purpose
The purpose of this paper is to explore how leadership can better respond to a crisis. It aims to integrate ideas from existentialism into a discussion of how leadership could develop and provoke debate.

Design/methodology/approach
A review of the literature on leadership, crisis management and existentialism was adopted for the preferred research methodology.

Findings
This paper identified a gap in the literature on leadership in an exigency and offered an alternative to the technical-rationalist conceptions of leadership behaviour.

Practical implications
Reference is made to the benefits of counselling for leaders following a crisis.

Originality/value
This paper is an original contribution to the work on leadership. Through the concept of exige-stential leadership, this paper integrates ideas taken from existentialist philosophy, to provide a new way of conceptualising leadership in an exigency.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)333-347
Number of pages15
JournalLeadership and Organization Development Journal
Volume42
Issue number3
Early online date26 Jan 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Apr 2021

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