Downplaying leadership: Researching how leaders talk about themselves

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Title: Downplaying leadership: Researching how leaders talk about themselves
Year: 2006
Authors: Dr Robert French Dr Peter Simpson

This paper identifies the notion of downplaying leadership. Whilst some attempt is made to explore the meaning of this practice, our primary intention is to describe a method and framework for analysing the transcripts of leadership interviews. This method has been developed to help identify how leaders may sometimes use language in research interviews to play down the importance of their own leadership and of leadership in general.

Keywords: linguistic analysis, leadership, metaphor, research method
Language: English

Journal: Leadership
Volume: 2
Issue: 4
Start page: 469
End page:
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Submitted by:
Dr Robert French
Corresponding author: Dr Robert French

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