New Models of Academic Leadership
A new sociology of leadership – is it even possible? Although some of sociology’s classic thinkers analyzed the question of leadership, later the topic fell into disgrace and was overtaken by psychology, organizational development, and expansive leadership studies, which eventually constituted the field itself. Leadership's export solely to business or politics, left universities helpless in face of the managerial revolution and political polarization, which entered academia and eliminated models of leadership tailored to its needs. On the other hand, new trends in social science have promising potential to cast a new, long-sought light on leadership.
In this special issue of Stan Rzeczy (State of Affairs), we set out to seek new and more robust models that would enable us both to understand leadership in a sociological way. We invite all scholars who are interested in our daring endeavor of approaching leadership from a sociological perspective to contribute to our upcoming issue. We want to maintain a strong practical inclination towards conclusions that could help contemporary academia (and the world) in overcoming intractable conflicts, ideological differences, and the inevitable tensions grounded in the structure of social reality.