Introduction to Blog Sociology of Leadership
I am currently conducting research on the Sociology of Leadership to provide an understanding of leadership and group dynamic theories from a sociological perspective. For example, in its earliest stages, the strongest influence on a social movement is likely to be the charismatic leader who personally embodies its values. At some point, intellectuals play a leadership role by contributing to the developing ideology of the social movement, and if a movement takes off, it is because of its leadership.
Simply put, sociology contributes primarily to the study of social and organizational facets of leadership. In our attempt to go deeper into these aspects of leadership, some might posit that issues such as why individuals act the way they do in challenging and extreme circumstances to drive social movements or what constitutes the link between leadership/followership, organizations, and culture, etcetera would need to be addressed. Nevertheless, we do not want to negate one from addressing other historical aspects of sociology and its relationship with leadership. However, I have found that for many years scholars have centered mainly on psychological aspects of leadership. We must begin to address not only the organizational/societal perspective of leadership but also make a concerted effort to tap into the new phenomenological sociological approach. The argument that society is a human construction, social phenomenological seeks to address how our awareness plays a pivotal role in one’s social situations or actions in society. Therefore, I can’t say enough about the various case studies of leadership and sociology which addresses different societal conditions and its impact on the individual. I sincerely hope that this research will add to the body of knowledge on leadership and sociology.