Leadership as a relational phenomenon : What this means in practice

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Branson, Christopher M. and Marra, Maureen. (2019). Leadership as a relational phenomenon : What this means in practice. Research in Educational Administration and Leaders. 4(1), pp. 81-108. https://doi.org/10.30828/real/2019.1.4
AuthorsBranson, Christopher M. and Marra, Maureen
Abstract

This article stands in support of Eacott’s primary intention of promoting a relational approach to leadership. However, its distinctiveness is in how this relational quality of leadership is understood, described and defended. In contrast to the essentially philosophical description provided by Eacott, this article offers a far more research-informed and practical understanding of leadership as a relational phenomenon. It begins by highlighting widespread international corporate research, which is paving the way for the general acceptance of leadership being a relational phenomenon. Also, the article draws upon a multidisciplined array of understandings to illustrate what can be considered as the relational foundational of leadership, which are then captured within seven fundamental principles of relational leadership practice. The final section of this article offers a pathway for those who wish to work towards enhancing their relational leadership capacity.

Keywordsrelational leadership; leadership foundations; relational leadership principles
Year2019
JournalResearch in Educational Administration and Leaders
Journal citation4 (1), pp. 81-108
PublisherTurkish Educational Administration Research and Development Association
ISSN2564-7261
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.30828/real/2019.1.4
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85070011244
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Deposited02 Sep 2021
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