Lost in translation? Emotional intelligence, affective economies, leadership and organizational change

Blackmore, Jill 2011, Lost in translation? Emotional intelligence, affective economies, leadership and organizational change, Journal of educational administration and history, vol. 43, no. 3, pp. 207-225.

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Title Lost in translation? Emotional intelligence, affective economies, leadership and organizational change
Author(s) Blackmore, Jill
Journal name Journal of educational administration and history
Volume number 43
Issue number 3
Start page 207
End page 225
Total pages 19
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2011-08
ISSN 0022-0620
1478-7431
Keyword(s) affective economies
emotional intelligence
leadership
organisational change
Summary Not until the late 1990s did the rational/emotional binary embedded in mainstream literature on educational leadership and management come under challenge. Now the emotional dimensions of organisational change and leadership are widely recognised in the leadership, organisational change and school improvement literature. However, the dissolution of the binary did not draw from feminist social theory, critical organisational theory, the sociology of emotions or critical pedagogy. Instead, the strongest influence in educational leadership and administration has been from psychological theory, management theory and brain science, mobilised particularly through Goleman's notion of emotional intelligence. This article undertakes a feminist deconstruction of two texts: one from organisational theory by Goleman and the other on educational leadership and school improvement, in order to explore how ‘emotion’ has been translated into educational leadership. As a counterpoint, I identify the gaps and silences, appropriations and marginalisation identified from feminist perspectives. I argue that the emotional labour of teaching and leading cannot be individualised because emotion is both relational and contextual.
Language eng
Field of Research 130103 Higher Education
Socio Economic Objective 930502 Management of Education and Training Systems
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2011
Copyright notice ©2011 Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30043837

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
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