5What’s More Effective Than

Searching for Embodiment in Leadership Research and Practice

David Knights

Key Questions

Why is the body important yet neglected in leadership?

Is affective leadership a way of acknowledging the body in a newly ethical manner?

What blinds us to affective leadership?

Why is embodied engagement ethical?

Is affective leadership effective?


A concern with leadership is extensive and has proliferated in the last few years as the pendulum has swung once again away from technology, toward human solutions to organizational problems. Dominated by psychology and prescriptive interventions, the applied science of leadership went through numerous renewals, each believing itself to represent “progress” but none ...

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