ILA Podcast

Revitalizing Leadership: Putting Theory and Practice into Context

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with Brad Jackson

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Brad talks about his book: Revitalizing leadership – Putting Theory and Practice into Context. He connects leadership theory and practice with context. It argues that the universal prescriptions favoured by most leadership scholars ignore the reality that context always matters in leadership practice – and in leadership theorizing too. Addressing this gap, the book offers a novel framework that enables the development of context-sensitive leadership theory and practice that directs attention to the key challenges for leadership in different organizational contexts. It involves developing a specific purpose for leadership in a given context, as well as formulating the values, norms and domains of action that guide leadership efforts in that context. Determining these various matters then informs the role, responsibilities, rights, behaviours, and attributes relevant to leaders and followers for that context, and the focus, purpose and boundaries of the leader-follower relationship.

About the Guest

Brad Jackson

As Professor of Public and Community Leadership, Brad Jackson’s research explores the relationship between leadership and governance practices; cross-sectoral leadership processes; the role of communication in strategic leadership; and the application of aesthetic and geographic perspectives to leadership research, development and education. He has taught courses in leadership and ethics; leadership and change; organisational behaviour; cross-cultural management; management learning; leading social enterprise and qualitative research methods. Prior to re-joining Victoria University of Wellington, Brad was the Fletcher Building Education Trust Chair in Leadership and Co-Director of the New Zealand Leadership Institute at The University of Auckland Business School between 2006 and 2013. During his original term with Victoria between 1999 and 2006, he served as Head of School of Management and the Director for the Centre for the Study of Leadership among several appointments.

Host Maureen Metcalf

Maureen Metcalf

Maureen Metcalf brings 30 years of experience and success in the fields of leadership, innovation, and technology. A regular contributor to, Metcalf has authored an award-winning book series on leadership and is the Founder & CEO of the Innovative Leadership Institute. She is the host of an Innovating Leadership, a weekly international podcast that hit the airways in July 2015. As an ILA Fellow, Maureen partners with the International Leadership Associate on a series of global leadership podcasts within the show.