Being more with less: Exploring the flexible political leadership identities of government ministers

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dc.contributor.author Lees-Marshment, Jennifer en
dc.contributor.author Smolovic-Jones, O en
dc.date.accessioned 2018-12-05T02:20:50Z en
dc.date.issued 2018-01-12 en
dc.identifier.issn 1742-7150 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/44860 en
dc.description.abstract The paper focuses on the identity work of government ministers, exploring how they experience themselves in relation to contemporary demands and discourses of leadership and democracy. We note a substantial number of studies seeking to develop theories of political and public leadership, particularly in more collaborative directions, but no studies that seek to explore how such demands are experienced by the political leaders who occupy leadership roles. We adopt a poststructuralist approach to identity as a means of empirically exploring how government ministers construct their identities. Drawing on 51 interviews with senior politicians, we propose a model of flexible political leadership identity, which argues that just as public agencies in these austere times are asked to do more with less, so political leaders seem to need to be more but with less perceived discretionary power. We propose four identities that answer quite different leadership demands: ‘the consultor’, ‘the traveller,’ ‘the adjudicator’ and ‘the master.’ These are semi-occupied identities, partial fulfilments of contemporary but contradictory leadership discourses. We conclude the paper with a reflection on how our findings might inform future research and leadership development interventions. en
dc.publisher SAGE Publications en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Leadership en
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dc.rights.uri https://researchspace.auckland.ac.nz/docs/uoa-docs/rights.htm en
dc.title Being more with less: Exploring the flexible political leadership identities of government ministers en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1177/1742715016687815 en
pubs.issue 4 en
pubs.begin-page 460 en
pubs.volume 14 en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: The author en
pubs.end-page 482 en
dc.rights.accessrights http://purl.org/eprint/accessRights/RestrictedAccess en
pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 740449 en
pubs.org-id Faculty of Arts en
pubs.org-id Social Sciences en
pubs.org-id Politics & International Relations en
dc.identifier.eissn 1742-7169 en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2018-05-18 en
pubs.online-publication-date 2018-01-12 en


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