Class II: Democratic Leadership, Dictatorship, and the Sensemaking Battle

Provided by Jochen Koch, Europa University Viadrina

Guiding questions: How does leadership differ across different crisis contexts? What are typical leadership-followership constellations and sensemaking processes in times of war and armed conflict?



Core readings

See course #1, class #5: Leadership in times of crisis 1: Leading, sensemaking and the future, and the additional videos on the influence process model and the identity theory of leadership listed there.

Contemporary news article

Cohen, R. (2022). The Making of Vladimir Putin. New York Times, March 26, updated March 28. 

Post-lecture assignment

Write a short (about 750 words) memo about the following questions:

  1. The newspaper article “The Making of Vladimir Putin“ provides insights into President Putin’s leadership over the past 22 years. Analyze this leadership against the background of the concepts of open and closed leadership systems presented in the video lecture.
  2. To what extent can you identify and explain forms of distorted reality construction and how do you assess the openness or closedness of this leadership system in its development? 

Background readings

Gardner, W. L., & Avolio, B. J. (1998). The charismatic relationship: A dramaturgical perspective. Academy of Management Review, 23(1), 32-58. PDF

Lidén, G. (2014). Theories of dictatorships: Sub-types and explanations. Studies of Transition States & Societies (STSS), 6(1), 50-67. PDF

Ashforth, B. E., Schinoff, B. S., & Rogers, K. M. (2016). “I identify with her,” “I identify with him”: Unpacking the dynamics of personal identification in organizations. Academy of Management Review, 41, 28-60. PDF