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Emotion and Leadership: What Scholarship on Status and Identity Can Tell Us

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While leadership and emotion have been described as interrelated by many scholars in disciplines outside of sociology, there is a dearth of sociological literature on the subject. Indeed, within the last thirty years there has been an immense upsurge in the organizational literature on this very topic. While sociologists have not focused as much on leadership and emotions, there are many ways that sociologists can contribute, both empirically and theoretically. In this review our aim is to highlight the existing literatures within sociology that we feel are most valuable in exploring leadership and emotion, specifically, status and identity processes, while also engaging with the more developed literatures in organizations, focusing on the area of emotional regulation and labor.

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