Archives for August 3rd, 1998

REGROUNDING THE CONCEPT OF LEADERSHIP

Abstracts, PublicNet: 3 August, 1998

Andrews J P, Field R H G
Leadership & Organization Development Journal, (UK), Vol 19 No 3 98
Start page: 128 No of pages: 9

Summarizes the ideas that underpin the recent growth of interest in the cognitive aspects of leadership, which focus on the followers’ perceptions of leadership as being crucial to the understanding of how leadership emerges within an organization. Identifies the most popular models of leadership by asking people to consider metaphors for an organization and to identify the leader, e.g. one metaphor was the human body and people were asked to say whether the heart, eyes, blood, DNA or the brain was the leader. From this derives five mental models of leadership – directive, motivational, visionary, boundary spanning and design/maintenance and uses further surveys to find out if any of these models dominate how leadership is conceptualized. Discovers that most people chose the directive model of leadership and that this was consistent across age, managerial and work experience, level of education, occupation and geographic location. Analyses the differences between the way that leadership is conceptualized by people and the way that it is looked at in the academic literature.

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GOVERNMENT: NEW MOVES TO END DISABLED DISCRIMINATION

Headlines, PublicNet: 3 August, 1998

Margaret Hodge, Minister for Disabled People, has announced further progress in taking forward the Government’s commitment to comprehensive, enforceable civil rights for disabled people.

Mrs Hodge announced that together with the National Disability Council, the Government has launched a consultation on the introduction of new rights of access to goods, facilities and services under the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA).

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FRANK DOBSON OUTLINES THIRD WAY FOR MENTAL HEALTH

Headlines, PublicNet: 3 August, 1998

Reforms designed to deliver safe and comprehensive mental health services have been set out by Health Secretary Frank Dobson. Mr Dobson says he wants a third way for mental health.

New measures will include extra funding, a root and branch review of the law, specialist secure units, hour crisis teams and helplines, more acute hospital beds, and assertive outreach teams to keep tabs on people who have been discharged.

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CHALLENGING REALITY – IN SEARCH OF THE FUTURE

Book News, PublicNet: 3 August, 1998

By Christopher Barnatt, University of Nottingham

The author is concerned with the shifting boundaries of organisational achievement across time. He looks at how future forms of organisation may develop as the next millennium looms closer given the constantly changing nature of ‘reality’. This thinking is based on how the social and technological constraints placed upon organisations have evolved in irregular and often giant steps since the dawn of civilisation, and how the late 20th century is not the only period in history to be leading its children into an almost unknowable future. Challenging Reality is an enlightening look at the past, present and future of our world and how change and turmoil have affected, affect and will affect social and organisational structures.

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