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Leadership and Coherence

A Cognitive Approach

By Nathan W. Harter

Routledge – 2015 – 186 pages

Series: LEADERSHIP: Research and Practice

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Description

Leadership and Coherence investigates how leaders justify their decisions, and how they bring about coherence amongst followers. Taking a cognitive approach, it builds on the work of Hannah Arendt to attempt a phenomenology of judgment, examining how the moral imperative experienced by leaders can be shared by their community so both leader and led are guided by a mutual purpose.

Through biographical case studies of historical leaders, this book illustrates how successful leaders operate in a turbulent world, not only making their own decisions but also gathering likeminded followers to share in a common vision and shared sense of purpose.

Reviews

“Harter has written an erudite book, drawing upon sources as disparate as psychology, art, history, philosophy, and literature to bring new understanding to the psychology of leader (and follower) action. It is a significant work that not only brings insight to leadership but promises to re-shape the way we approach leadership studies itself.”— J. Thomas Wren, Professor Emeritus of Leadership Studies, Jepson School of Leadership Studies, University of Richmond, USA

“A truly thought-provoking read, Nathan Harter’s Leadership and Coherence interweaves insights from eco-psychology, phenomenology, and narrative accounts to challenge traditional views about what leadership is and how it is accomplished. Vast in scope and spiraling in nature, the book both intrigues and refreshes as it encourages the very ‘conceptual elasticity’ it promotes as a key means of understanding leadership and the role it plays in the 21st century.”—Donna Ladkin, Professor of Leadership and Ethics, Plymouth University, UK

“This is a thoroughly modern take on leadership, explaining it as the force of a moral community and linking it to the main concerns of contemporary holistic sciences. Nathan Harter is as at home in the mechanics of social influence as in the philosophical challenges of good and evil: who better to guide us?”—Jonathan Gosling, Professor of Leadership Studies, University of Exeter, UK

Contents

Chapter 1 Circumscribing the field

Chapter 2 Locating the center

Chapter 3 The framework for this investigation

Chapter 4 From “it” to “you” to “us”

Chapter 5 Cameron finds himself transfixed by

"A Sunday Afternoon on The Island of La Grande Jatte"

Chapter 6 The Shattering

Chapter 7 The persuasions of Socrates

Chapter 8 The purposes of Abraham Lincoln

Chapter 9 Jan Patočka and pneumopathology

Chapter 10 Transcendence or a Romantic delusion…or worse?

Author Bio

Nathan W. Harter is Professor of Leadership and American Studies at Christopher Newport University, USA.

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Description: By Nathan W. Harter. Leadership and Coherence investigates how leaders justify their decisions, and how they bring about coherence amongst followers. Taking a cognitive approach, it builds on the work of Hannah Arendt to attempt a phenomenology of judgment, examining how the...
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