Podinar: Coaching for Distributed Leadership / Analytic-Network Coaching with Dr. Simon Western

Yaqub Paul Murray
over 3 years agoMarch 15, 2019
Familiar with Simon's categories or discourses and buy his analysis. Teaching leadership in a Business School at the Royal Agricultural University. My teaching, consultancy and research suggests that around 2000 - very loosely - a counter-cultural 'discourse' can be seen emerging in the work of Barbara Kellerman and Jean Lipman-Blumen, by way of examples. This discourse could be dubbed 'Destructive or Toxic'. By this I mean leadership mired in unethicality: practices and actions, cultures and influences that are maleficent in layered ways.  In Simon's exposition of the discourses - and they work for me - there is a lacuna, a gap, a 'lack' - and that is the idea that toxic and destructive leadership is what can stand in the way of the adoption/uptake of eco-leadership; the lack of an ethical leadership disposition, individually, collectively, culturally is a dangerous dynamic because it militates against distributed and inclusional leadership (especially in dealing with race and ethnicity). Destructive leadership works against humanity in the workplace. Particularly concerning in this Post-truth, Trumpian political dystopia of extreme right wing politics eating away at our democratic tradition. I'd appfreciate Simon to address why he doesn't deal explicitly with the phenomena associated with toxic and destructive leadership. I've trained with Simon in the Analytic-Network Coaching programme in London UK, and this has been an excellent development journey in my practice of coaching.
over 3 years agoMarch 18, 2019
Hi Yaqub, thanks for your comments.   I do deal with the toxic leadership you discuss, its fully addressed in my leadership book, in many areas, but I don't see it as a discourse.   A discourse is a normative and taken for granted way of being.  I name the dominant discourses, and toxicity is a abberation within all of the discourses - not a separate one.  Having said that in the lasted 3rd edition of the leadership book, out in a couple of weeks, I do identify how Eco-leadership is not necessarily ethical, and that there are many problems with how it is engaged with.  So I divide Eco-leadership into ethical and commercial approaches (and acknowledge that in best practice they overlap.  However many leading companies utilise the eco-systems brilliantly to disrupt industries and make vast profits, they can also be unethical and exploitative - as Uber for example-   hope this helps and thanks for your comments   Simon
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