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Re-thinking Leadership and Organisational Culture. Part 1

Simon Western
7 min readMar 2, 2021

Abstract: This article argues for a re-think about leaders and organisational culture. It challenges the heroic model of a CEO transforming organisational cultures as if organisations were closed systems and cultures were ‘things’ to be changed. It charts the rise of the Transformational leader engineering culture change in the late 1980s, and points to the need for organisations to realise…

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Simon Western

Executive coach, academic, author, psychotherapist. Thought leader: Eco-leadership, eco-coaching & social change. Informed by psychoanalysis & critical theory