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Reconstituting superman: Identifying ideal leadership styles in a financial services context


2005 2005

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Abstract (summary)

The great majority of leadership research is undertaken in academic contexts, and focuses on micro-level analysis in an attempt to deconstruct effective leadership into its component parts. An issue that has rarely been addressed is the preference of individuals in professional contexts for more integrated, holistic leadership styles. To investigate this question, I worked with leaders across hierarchical levels at a large financial services firm. Senior leaders were interviewed to understand their perception of ideal leadership styles, while mid-level and junior level leaders were asked to rank and rate descriptions of a charismatic leader, a relationship-oriented (relational) leader, and a task-oriented (transactional) leader in the context of a leadership development project. Senior leaders reported an ideal leadership style that focused on vision, communication, inspiration, and role modeling, the components of charismatic leadership seen throughout the literature. Mid-level and junior level leaders overwhelmingly preferred charismatic leaders to relational and transactional leaders, and similarly preferred relational leaders to transactional leaders. Variance with prior research using student samples is discussed, as are the practical and ethical implications of developing charismatic leaders.

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Subject
Occupational psychology;
Management;
Social psychology;
Financial services;
Leadership;
Management styles;
Studies;
Professionals
Classification
0624: Occupational psychology
0454: Management
0451: Social psychology
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; Psychology; Financial services; Leadership
Title
Reconstituting superman: Identifying ideal leadership styles in a financial services context
Author
Collison, John Raines
Number of pages
124
Publication year
2005
Degree date
2005
School code
0175
Source
DAI-B 66/12, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780542434747, 0542434741
Advisor
Dwyer, Charles
University/institution
University of Pennsylvania
University location
United States -- Pennsylvania
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3197661
ProQuest document ID
305412612
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305412612
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