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This is an unusual and path breaking book. Simon Western explores coaching in its many variations and simultaneously critiques the different discourses that comprise it.’

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The Wounded Self and Celebrated Self:  Coaching bridges the gap

Free download introduction to Coaching and Mentoring a critical text (Western S 2012, Sage),_Western.pdf


Soul Guide Coaching

The soul guide discourse sets out one of four discourses that underpin coaching practice today.   Free download Chapter 6 of Coaching and Mentoring a critical text (Western S 2012, Sage)


A Meta-Theory of Coaching

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Eco-Leadership: the new paradigm of leadership for the 21st century


This free chapter is from Leadership a critical text 2nd Edition (Western S 2013, Sage),_Chapter_12_The_Eco_Leadership_Discourse.pdf


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Autonomist leadership in leaderless movements: anarchists leading the way

Autonomist Leadership is the name given to the non-hierarchical, informal and distributed forms of leadership found in emancipatory social movements.


This is an academic article published in Ephemera Journal












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