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Leadership Discourse at Work
 
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Leadership Discourse at Work
Interactions of Humour, Gender and Workplace Culture
 
 
Palgrave Macmillan
 
 
 
 
 
23 Dec 2008
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In spite of recent trends in leadership research towards more discourse oriented approaches, the intricate relationship between leadership and discourse remains surprisingly under-researched. Drawing on authentic discourse data the author focuses on humour – a particularly versatile discursive strategy. She illustrates that an analysis of leadership discourse may offer interesting new insights into the complexities of leadership performance. Far from being a superfluous discursive strategy employed to distract from the transactional aspects of workplace talk, humour performs a range of important functions in a workplace context. And due to its versatile nature it is particularly suitable to express and respond to the complexities of leadership performance. An in-depth analysis of the ways in which leaders use humour in their everyday workplace interactions demonstrates how the discursive performance of leadership is influenced by the leaders' immediate working group., the culture of their workplace, and stereotypical expectations of how women and men should behave in the workplace.


Description


In spite of recent trends in leadership research towards more discourse oriented approaches, the intricate relationship between leadership and discourse remains surprisingly under-researched. Drawing on authentic discourse data the author focuses on humour – a particularly versatile discursive strategy. She illustrates that an analysis of leadership discourse may offer interesting new insights into the complexities of leadership performance. Far from being a superfluous discursive strategy employed to distract from the transactional aspects of workplace talk, humour performs a range of important functions in a workplace context. And due to its versatile nature it is particularly suitable to express and respond to the complexities of leadership performance. An in-depth analysis of the ways in which leaders use humour in their everyday workplace interactions demonstrates how the discursive performance of leadership is influenced by the leaders' immediate working group., the culture of their workplace, and stereotypical expectations of how women and men should behave in the workplace.


Contents

List of Tables and Figures
Acknowledgements
Transcription Conventions
Introduction
Transactional Aspects of Leadership Discourse: Humour and Getting Things Done
The 'Other' Side of Leadership Discourse: Humour and the Performance of Relational Leadership Activities
Doing Leadership in Context: The Impact of Working Groups
Leadership, Humour and Workplace Culture
Balancing Leader and Gender Identities
Conclusion
Notes
References
Index


Authors

STEPHANIE SCHNURR is Assistant Professor at the School of English at the University of Hong Kong. Her main research interest is the sociolinguistic and discursive performance of leadership and gender at work, and in particular the multiple functions and strategic uses of humour in workplace discourse.