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Leadership, Coordination and Mission-Driven Management


Patrick Bolton


Columbia Business School - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

Markus K. Brunnermeier


Princeton University - Department of Economics

Laura Veldkamp


New York University - Stern School of Business; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

September 2008

NBER Working Paper No. w14339

Abstract:     
What makes a good leader? A good leader is able to coordinate his followers around a credible mission statement, which communicates the future course of action of the organization. In practice, leaders learn about the best course of action for the organization over time. While learning helps improve the organization's goals it also creates a time-consistency problem. Leader resoluteness is a valuable attribute in such a setting, since it slows down the leader's learning and thus improves the credibility of the mission statement. But resolute leaders also inhibit communication with followers and leader resoluteness is costly when followers have sufficiently valuable signals.

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Date posted: September 15, 2008  

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Bolton, Patrick and Brunnermeier, Markus K. and Veldkamp, Laura, Leadership, Coordination and Mission-Driven Management (September 2008). NBER Working Paper No. w14339. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1267570

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Patrick Bolton (Contact Author)
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Markus Konrad Brunnermeier
Princeton University - Department of Economics ( email )
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Laura Veldkamp
New York University - Stern School of Business ( email )
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National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
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