Demanding followers, empowered leaders : dance as an “embodied metaphor” for leader-follower-ship

MATZDORF, Fides and SEN, Ramen (2016). Demanding followers, empowered leaders : dance as an “embodied metaphor” for leader-follower-ship. Organizational Aesthetics, 5 (1), 114-130.

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In this paper, we explore how leadership and followership are relational, mutually constructed and mutually enabled. Using dancesport as metaphor and medium, we focus on the embodied, corporeal aspects and dynamics of leading and following, relating them to lead/follow roles and tasks of people in organizations. In a mainly autoethnographic exploration of the lived experiences of people in leader-follower-relationships, we use the concept of embodied cognition as a basis and argue that dance can provide a vehicle for immediate, implicit “insights” and even “aha effects” through sensory, bodily experiences.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Sheffield Business School Research Institute > People, Work and Organisation
Page Range: 114-130
Depositing User: Fides Matzdorf
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2016 11:58
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 06:48

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