Living Leadership: A Systemic Constructionist Approach Academic Article uri icon


  • This article offers a practical theory of leadership grounded in systemic thinking and social constructionism. A systemic constructionist approach conceptualizes leadership as a co-created, performative, attributional, and contextual process where the ideas articulated in talk or action are recognized by others as progressing tasks that are important to them. Using a systemic constructionist framework, we argue that leadership theory and research needs to give attention to three important discursive practices: (1) sensemaking, (2) positioning, and (3) play. The implications for theory, research, and practice from a systemic constructionist perspective are highlighted.

published proceedings


altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Barge, J. K., & Fairhurst, G. T.

citation count

  • 88

publication date

  • August 2008