The Social Construction of a Legacy: Summarizing and Extending Follower-Centered Perspectives on Leadership

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Book Chapter


Behavioral and Organizational Sciences (CGU)

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Leadership Studies


A tribute volume is, by nature, a collective endeavor. In addition, it is in itself a process of social construction. In this chapter, we attempt to summa- rize what we might take away from the various follower-centered perspec- tives on leadership included in this volume, drawing parallels between similar ideas and pointing out areas of overlap, contradiction, and direc- tions for future research. Consistent with the goals of the volume to look back and honor the work of a remarkable scholar, as well as to look ahead and spur new thinking and active discussion in the arena of follower-cen- tered perspectives on leadership, in this chapter we attempt to tie together the multitude of ways in which Jim Meindl’s scholarship and mentorship have impacted the field of leadership. We also highlight the various streams of research in the volume that have been inspired by his work. In this process, we “socially construct” a legacy of Jim Meindl’s work.

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