Author : Huseyinzade Simsek, Anjelika


Perceiving the Leadership and Organizational Identity under the Contemplation of Understanding of Psychoanalytical Approach

Ilknur Ozturk; Anjelika Huseyinzade Simsek; Jasim Tariq

International Journal of Organizational Leadership, 2020, Volume 9, Issue 4, Pages 288-303
DOI: 10.33844/ijol.2020.60512

The main intent of the psychoanalytical approach on organizations is to comprehend what
happens to individuals who work in groups and organizations and also to understand the effect
of organizations on individuals. Understanding the dynamics of organized groups without
putting individuality in the background can bring new perspectives to the research and
implementations in the area of organizational behavior, management and leadership. This
disparate approach can help organizations and individuals within organization to maintain
togetherness, and enhance the effectiveness of organizational work which will lead to high
performance and success. This paper aims to shed light on leadership, relationship among
leaders and followers, and understanding of discursive nature of organizational identity from
the perspectives of Psychoanalytical Approach based on works of Freud, Lacan, Bion, etc. In
up to date literature, studies on organizational behavior have mostly been carried with
humanistic or cognitive and behavioral approach focusing on organizations but the main
shortcoming of those studies is that they have not owned in depth investigations and excluded
the individuality from their understanding. It is very important to deepen our knowledge on
new understandings and practices in the fields of organizational behavior, management, and
contribute to the dynamic structure of the modernizing world; future research using
psychoanalytical approach can bring new perspectives to the field.