Establishing academic leadership praxis in sustainable tourism: lessons from the past and bridges to the future

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Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 2018, 26 (9), pp. 1577 - 1586
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© 2018, © 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This paper examines the potential contribution of academics working in the sustainable tourism arena from a relational, practice-based leadership perspective. It argues that these leadership perspectives require a shift in thinking from narrowly defined, instrumental measures of academic impact imposed by performance management and the somewhat heroic ideals of leadership. Instead it outlines how everyday practice that directly influences collaborative agency among multiple tourism stakeholders is able to provide a more useful direction. To illustrate this perspective, it engages in retrospective reflection, drawing on a number of pioneers in tourism scholarship. It specifically examines their praxis of dialogue, stewardship, and critical reflexivity and the ways in which these may serve to inspire future sustainable tourism education and scholarship.
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