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ERIC Number: EJ1134928
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1552-9045
"Beowulf" and the Teaching of Leadership
Loughman, Tom; Finley, John
Journal of Leadership Education, v9 n1 p155-164 Win 2010
Although it depicts a Germanic warrior culture of nearly 1,500 years ago, the Old English epic poem "Beowulf" contains timely insights into leadership and motivation, trust, respect, loyalty, and sacrifice that could inform current leadership practice and teaching. To help reveal some of these insights, this study has three main purposes: (a) examine the character of Beowulf as a leader of his warrior band and nation; (b) explain the ways in which the hero Beowulf fits into the Conger-Kanungo model of charismatic leadership; and, (c) explore how the epic poem dramatizes risks of an overreliance upon a charismatic leader. The results of this investigation attempt to provide meaningful insights for practitioners of management, researchers, and instructors of leadership with a special emphasis on the pedagogical value of artifacts of popular culture.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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