Inventing Leadership

The Challenge of Democracy

J.T. Wren,

Inventing Leadership: The Challenge of Democracy
 
 
The tension between ruler and ruled in democratic societies has never been satisfactorily resolved, and the competing interpretations of this relationship lie at the bottom of much modern political discourse. The author clarifies and elevates the debates over leadership by identifying the fundamental premises and assumptions that underlie past and present understandings. He begins by tracing the intellectual history of the central constructs: the leader, the people, and, ultimately, the relationship between them as they seek to accomplish societal objectives. In doing so, he draws upon the giants of the Western intellectual tradition as well as the insights of modern historians, political scientists, sociologists and leadership scholars. The book concludes with a proposed model of leadership for a modern democratic world.


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