The “Bright” and “Shadow” Aspects of In Extremis Leadership

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Title The “Bright” and “Shadow” Aspects of In Extremis Leadership
Author Fisher, Kelly; Hutchings, Kate; Sarros, James C.
Journal Name Military Psychology
Year Published 2010
Place of publication United States
Publisher Routledge
Abstract This article is based on a qualitative, inductive investigation of in extremis leadership (IEL) as manifest by Australian military advisors during the Vietnam War. Relatively few scholarly studies have investigated the nature of effective leadership in an IE context even fewer are grounded in the diverse reflections of experienced, on-the-ground military leaders. The research involved the identification of relevant leadership themes across three sources of interview data, analysis of archival documents, and theory development from the integration of the findings and extant literature. The study identified 10 bright leadership competencies, the role of trust, and the two key influences of training and mateship. The study also suggests that shadow aspects of IEL may have detrimental outcomes on both leaders and the organization. The article concludes with theoretical and practical implications for our understanding of IEL and proposals for future research directions.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08995601003644346
Volume 22
Issue Number S1
Page from S89
Page to S116
ISSN 0899-5605
Date Accessioned 2010-10-22
Date Available 2010-11-02T07:04:53Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Business and Management
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/34853
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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