The Three Faces of Leadership: Manager, Artist, Priest / Edition 1

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The Three Faces of Leadership takes readers inside the minds of CEOs who were celebrated by the Harvard Business Review over the last decade of the twentieth century. Drawing on interviews with these famous CEOs Mary Jo Hatch, Monika Kostera, and Andrzej K. Kozminski demonstrate how business leaders today use aesthetics, specifically storytelling, dramatizing, and mythmaking, to lead their companies successfully. They look at how they inspire organizations through their creativity, virtue, and faith, and thus show the faces of the artist and priest alongside the technical and rational face of the manager.

Aesthetic leadership practices are linked to organizational culture, change, vision, values, and identity. This book encourages students and executives to align the creative and spiritual aspects of business with their technical training and practice.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Can business leaders today assume truly heroic standing, beyondthe hype? This wonderfully stimulating book offers the mostsophisticated and enlightening answer to this question that I havecome across to date. Far from revealing the secrets of greatbusiness leaders, this book shows that as managers, as artists andeven as prophets, such leaders learn to live with ambiguity anduncertainty without resorting to simple formulas and cliches."Professor Yiannis Gabriel, Imperial College, London

"The stories of business leadership embodied and disembodiedhere take our understanding of leadership - and the importance ofstorytelling for leadership - into new landscapes. A thoughtful andprovocative study." Keith Grint, Lancaster University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405122603
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/3/2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Jo Hatch is C. Coleman McGehee Eminent ScholarsResearch Professor of Banking and Commerce at the McIntyre Schoolof Commerce, University of Virginia, and Adjunct Professor at theCopenhagen Business School, Denmark. She is the author ofOrganization Theory; Modern, Symbolic and PostmodernPerspectives (1997) and co-editor of The ExpressiveOrganization (2000).

Monika Kostera has published several books and articlesfor academics and practitioners on a wide range of managementissues, from leadership to human resource management.

Andrzej K. KoŸmiñski has published bothacademic and practitioner-based articles extensively on both sidesof the Atlantic. He is the author of the first book on managementchange in the post communist world called Catching Up?Organizational and Management Change in the Ex-SocialistBlock, and co-edited (with George S. Yip) Strategies forCentral and Eastern Europe.

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1: The Aesthetics of Leadership.

Management As Art and Aesthetics.

The Three Faces of Leadership.

Art and Religion at the Foundation of Cultures.

Taking An Aesthetic Approach to Leading.

Overview of the Book.

Chapter 2: Telling Business Stories.

Stories and Storytelling.

Storytelling in Organizations.

The CEOs’ Tales.

Reflexivity and Complexity in Organizational Storytelling.

Developing Your Storytelling Skills.

Chapter 3: Dramatizing Leadership.

Theater Through the Ages.

The Theater Metaphor in Organization Studies.

Theater in The HBR Interviews: From Morality Play to GlobalShow.

Dramatic Range.

Putting On a Show.

Chapter 4: Leading Mythologically.

Myths and Archetypes.

The HBR Pantheon of Business Leaders.

The In Crowd: Hermes, Athena and Demeter.

Old Favorites: Zeus, Ares and Hephaestus.

Rare and Absent Gods.

Mythogizing Yourself and Others.

Chapter 5: Forming and Reforming the Institution ofManagement.

Managerial Culture and Its Institutionalizing Force.

Our Interview with HBR.

HBR’s Role in Managerial Culture.

Aesthetic Influences on the Institution of Management.

Distinguishing Manager, Artist and Priest.

Chapter 6: The Business Leaders as Artist and Priest.

Business as Religion?.

Using Faith to Redress Ethics in Business.

The Vision to Change: Creation, Inspiration andInstitutionalization.

Aligning Manager, Artist and Priest.


Appendix A: List of stories and their locations in the HBRinterviews.

Appendix B: List of CEO Interviews.


Additional Reading and Resources.


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