The world as we know it has been turned upside down by recent events but it's still a place where leadership is needed more than ever. Fifteen Canadians with highly diverse perspectives and richly different experience explore this timely question in Leading in an Upside-Down World. Chapter by chapter, stories of Canada unfold and future prospects for leadership grow clearer as these eminent Canadians explain how to 'recognise leadership' in an age where old institutions and behaviours are being left behind. They also identify leadership attributes that endure. Leading in an Upside-Down World gives voice to both scholars and practitioners of Canadian-style leadership.
J. Patrick Boyer introduces this important and fresh work, by considering the implications for leaders of "an upside-down world" and drawing a distinction between leadership and management, noting how many in positions of authority are not "leaders" but office holders.
A journalist, lawyer and author, Patrick Boyer served as Member of Parliament for a decade, including a two-year stint as parliamentary secretary at External Affairs during the ending of the Cold War and two more years as parliamentary secretary at National Defence during the Gulf War, a participant-observer at close range for a couple of the many transforming events that contributed to the "upside-down nature" of our present world.
An adjunct professor of political science at University of Guelph, he teaches a new graduate level course "Ethics in Leadership."