Crisis and Servant Leadership: A Conceptualisation of Leadarchy as A Paradigm for Turbulent Times

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The field of crises management and leadership are yet to consolidate a holistic view of crisis leadership. Amidst this lack of consensus is the inadequate evaluation of more relational leadership paradigms such as servant leadership. Hence, in this compelling and novel review, the author puts forward the concept of leadarchy as an emerging paradigm that extends the reach of servant leadership in addressing the demands of leading crisis. Since extant literature proposes that effectiveness, responsibility, values, emotional intelligence, care amongst others are key to managing crisis, the review shows the relationship between such attributes and the servant leadership theory. In addition, leadarchy was conceptualised as a paradigm that promotes shared hierarchy or responsibility of leadership, where followers also play leadership role managing crisis. Hence, the servant leader still prioritises followers’ needs and enables everyone to skilfully contribute to maximising potential opportunities and minimising or circumventing adverse outcomes of crises.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLeadership During a Crisis
Subtitle of host publicationA Focus on Leadership Development
EditorsChristian Harrison
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781003344629, 9781003855422
ISBN (Print)9781032383552, 9781032383569
Publication statusPublished - 20 Feb 2024

Publication series

NameRoutledge Studies in Leadership and Leadership Development

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