Leadership is a phenomenon that has interested people for hundreds of years. One rather outdated explanatory approach still plays a prominent role in practice and the media in particular: The so-called Great Man Theory. In this blog we present what this theory is all about and why it is time to look for alternative approaches.
This CQ Dossier focuses on how organizations can effectively manage and lead teams through effective performance management. Organizations have focused on using teams to increase organizational effectiveness, yet many of these practices have not always been based on scientific principles.
This CQ Dossier describes the qualities of charismatic leaders and how they gain commitment to their vision and the mission of the organization. The paper draws on the main theories of charismatic leadership to present the key behaviors that distinguish charismatic leaders from non-charismatic leaders.
Psychological research has consistently demonstrated that one of the largest influences on employee performance, satisfaction, motivation, and collaboration ability is organizational culture (Belias & Koustelios, 2014). Organizations that are warm, interdependent, and dynamic are typically healthier, more thriving organizations. Conversely, organizations that are cool, judgmental, or alienated typically have negative workplace outcomes, low retention, and low employee satisfaction.
This CQ Dossier describes the qualities of transformational leaders and how they gain commitment to their vision and the mission of the organization. The paper draws on the main theories of transformational leadership to present the key behaviors that distinguish transformational leaders from transactional leaders.
The capability to lead and influence people is essential for success even beyond management. Professionals without a formal leadership role find themselves more and more often in situations where it is key to deliberately influence people, teams, divisions or the whole organization. Thus despite – or perhaps precisely because of its great relevance, leadership is often seen as something mystic. This impression is reinforced by a large number of popular business bestsellers about leadership, CEO biographies, and executive consultants who rely on individual experiences and anecdotal evidence when writing and talking about leadership. These sources generally provide only a limited informative value and therefore are of questionable use for the development of leaders and professionals.
Over the last ten years, researchers have focused on Transformational Leadership as being an effective leadership strategy to implement within public and private sector organizations. This CQ Dossier focus on Transformational Leadership and poses the question on when the theory is effective and ineffective for individual and organizational success
Organizations utilize personality inventories such as the Five Factor Model of Personality for a range of purposes including selection and recruitment and employee management. Over the last twenty years, HRM scientists and practitioners have identified the Five Factor Model as a useful tool in predicting employee performance across a range of jobs and settings. This blog post describes the Five Factor Model also called Big Five and how the model can be utilized to increase organizational effectiveness.