Embodied leader-follower-ship : a conversation in space

MATZDORF, Fides and SEN, Ramen (2015). Embodied leader-follower-ship : a conversation in space. In: BAM 2015 Conference: The Value of Pluralism in Advancing Management Research, Education and Practice, University of Portsmouth, 8-10 September 2015. (In Press)

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Abstract

This experiential and highly participative workshop uses both the metaphor and the reality of ballroom dancing to explore and challenge behaviours and assumptions in our roles as leaders and followers in a mix of practical dance exercises and reflection. We will be looking at leadership and followership as a mutually enabled and enabling relationship. We explore, amongst other issues, the role of the follower, the leader’s twofold obligation to the present and the future, issues around power and ‘powerful-ness’, as well as the relevance of this to organisational context. Participants will be able to explore their own leadership, followership and teamworking behaviour and patterns, but this is also an opportunity to reflect on the use of experiential learning methods in management education and development. The workshop will be run by two experienced facilitators (and dancers). To overcome the challenges of a ‘journey into the unknown’ and encourage an atmosphere of acceptance, mutual support and enjoyment, we use a combination of ground rules, helpful insights and ways of managing the shared and private spaces of a partnership.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
Additional Information: Peer-refereed workshop paper for the BAM Annual Conference 2015
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Sheffield Business School Research Institute > People, Work and Organisation
Depositing User: Fides Matzdorf
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2015 09:32
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2015 09:32
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/10441

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