Abstracts: August 3rd, 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.

Database: TMA: Top Management Abstracts PTA: Personnel & Training Abstracts
Style: Theoretical with application in practice. Reference: 27AL126

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