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The absent follower: identity construction in organizationally assigned leader-follower relations

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The absent follower : identity construction in organizationally assigned leader-follower relations. / Schedlitzki, Doris; Edwards, Gareth; Kempster, Stephen John.

In: Leadership, Vol. 14, No. 4, 01.08.2018, p. 483-503.

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Schedlitzki, Doris ; Edwards, Gareth ; Kempster, Stephen John. / The absent follower : identity construction in organizationally assigned leader-follower relations. In: Leadership. 2018 ; Vol. 14, No. 4. pp. 483-503.

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abstract = "This article seeks to add to our understanding of processes of identity construction within organizationally assigned leader-follower relations through an exploration of the role of the absent, feminised follower. We situate our work within critical and psychoanalytic contributions to leader/ship and follower/ship and use Lacan{\textquoteright}s writings on identification and lack to illuminate the imaginary, failing nature of identity construction. This aims to challenge the social realist foundations of writing on leader-follower constellations in organizational life. We examine our philosophical discussion through a reflective reading of a workplace example and question the possibility of a subject{\textquoteright}s identity construction as a follower. If a subject is unable to identify him/herself as follower, he/she cannot validate others as leaders, rendering the leader-follower relationship not only fragile but phantasmic. We highlight implications of our exploration of the absence of follower/ship and endless, unfulfilled desire for leader/ship for future research and practice.",
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