Chapter 7

Applying the Discursive Approach and Beyond

The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born—that there is a genetic factor to leadership. That’s nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born.

Warren Bennis

In this book, we have illustrated some key elements of discourse and how they may contribute to or detract from the emergence of leadership. Understanding and being able to identify these elements is one thing—being able to put them into practice is another. We introduced the idea of communities of practice, which underscored the importance of analyzing and understanding the context of communication in order to interact effectively and considered the effects of culture in terms of cross-cultural ...

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