Culture specific and cross-culturally generalizable implicit leadership theories

  • Den Hartog D
  • House R
  • Hanges P
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This study focuses on culturally endorsed implicit theories of leadership (CLTs). Although crosscultural research emphasizes that different cultural groups likely have different conceptions of what leadership should entail, a controversial position is argued here: namely that attributes associated with charismatic/transformational leadership will be universally endorsed as contributing to outstanding leadership. This hypothesis was tested in 62 cultures as part of the Global Leadership and Organizational Behavior Effectiveness (GLOBE) Research Program. Universally endorsed leader attributes, as well as attributes that are universally seen as impediments to outstanding leadership and culturally contingent attributes are presented here. The results support the hypothesis that specific aspects of charismatic/transformational leadership are strongly and universally endorsed across cultures.

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  • are attributes
  • culturally generalizable implicit
  • leadership theories
  • of charismatic
  • transformational
  • ture specific and cross-

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  • Deanne N. Den Hartog

  • Robert J. House

  • Paul J. Hanges

  • S. Antonio Ruiz-Quintanilla

  • Peter W. Dorfman

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