Evolution of leadership theory.

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Analyzes the major areas of leadership research (LR), using the taxonomy and nomenclature of evolution and categorizes each major LR approach in terms of evolutionary eras and periods. The resulting eras are those of the personality, influence, behavior, situation, contingency, transaction, anti-leadership, culture, and transformation. Reviewing the LR approaches suggests that an integration is necessary for a comprehensive theory and that effective leaders should (1) be visionary, willing to take risks, and adaptable to change; (2) be willing to delegate authority and emphasize innovation; (3) adopt a new, less dominating perspective on power; and (4) exemplify the organization's values, goals, and culture in the awareness of the environmental factors affecting the organization. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)

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  • Leadership
  • Literature Review
  • Theories
  • evolution of leadership theory
  • implications for organizational contexts
  • literature review

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