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Who Sustains Whose Passion? (2022)

Siltaoja, M., & Heikkinen, S. (2022). Who Sustains Whose Passion?. In F. Hertel, A. Örtenblad, & K. Mølbjerg Jørgensen (Eds.), Debating Leaderless Management : Can Employees Do Without Leaders? (pp. 179-192). Palgrave Macmillan. Palgrave Debates in Business and Management. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-04593-6_11

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All authors or editorsSiltaoja, Marjo; Heikkinen, Suvi

Parent publicationDebating Leaderless Management : Can Employees Do Without Leaders?

Parent publication editorsHertel, Frederik; Örtenblad, Anders; Mølbjerg Jørgensen, Kenneth



Journal or seriesPalgrave Debates in Business and Management



Publication year2022

Pages range179-192

Number of pages in the book364

PublisherPalgrave Macmillan

Place of PublicationCham

Publication countrySwitzerland

Publication languageEnglish


Publication open accessNot open

Publication channel open access


The passion shared by organizational members toward their work has become a highly promoted topic. This discourse suggests that passion strives people to self-management, decreases the importance of leadership, and promotes leaderless organizations. However, we argue that the idea of passionate individuals is still centered on the leader and the feasibility of their passions. Our chapter shows how the hunt for passion has much to do with strong individuals and measurable outcomes and less to do with shared negotiation goals and ethical processes. We conclude that passionate individual behaviors might not promote leaderless organizations nor a collectively shared and negotiated ethical practices. We end by discussing whether and how shared leadership could help solve some of the ethical tensions in the crave for passionate organizational members.

Keywordswork communitiesorganisations (systems)passionleadership (activity)leadership (properties)managers and executivesself-leadershipethicality

Free keywordspassionate leaders; followers; leaderless organizations; ethicality

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Ministry reportingYes

Reporting Year2022

JUFO rating3

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