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Handbook of Gender, Work, and Organization by Patricia Yancey Martin, David Knights,, Emma L Jeanes

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Chapter 7

Leading with Body

Amanda Sinclair

Melbourne Business School

To swim the notoriously windy stretch of ocean that separates the sandy beaches of Cottesloe in Western Australia from the eastern coves of Rottnest Island demands extraordinary strength, stamina and a certain daring. Speed is not important: even the best open-water freestylers take 7½ hours . . . what is essential is a doggedly rhythmic kick, and an ability to kick harder when trailed by sharks.

Funnily enough, it’s the same suite of skills that could be damned handy just now for anyone trying to navigate the perilously stormy waters of global financial markets. Someone like Cameron Clyne, for example . . . Ah yes, Cameron who?

But now that Cameron Clyne, a strapping 1.98-metre former state-level rugby player and competitive marathon ocean-swimmer, has been confirmed as the next chief executive of NAB (National Australia Bank), he can expect to become a household name . . .

Wood, 2008

One of Queensland’s youngest pollies has admitted spending nine months in Russia for bone-breaking growth surgery because of insecurities about her size. Logan councillor Hajnal Ban, 31 had each of her legs broken in four places for the leg-lengthening procedure, remaining in hospital as she grew about 1mm a day to increase her 154cm frame to 162cm.

Sandy, 2009

How do physical bodies operate in leadership? Building on broader research of gender, work and organisation, this chapter explores the neglected area of bodies in leadership. ...

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