General Model of Leadership in Organizations: A Diamond in the Rough

19 Pages Posted: 17 Jun 2009

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James G. Clawson

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

Abstract

This note presents an 11-element model of leadership that includes the environment, the individual, the followers, the task of the organization, and the relationships among those elements. The note also includes a list of more than 50 leadership references for further reading.

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UVA-OB-0380

GENERAL MODEL OF LEADERSHIP IN ORGANIZATIONS:

A DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH

In a learning organization, leaders are designers, stewards, and teachers. They are responsible for building organizations where people continually expand their capabilities to understand complexity, clarify vision, and improve shared mental models–that is, they are responsible for learning.

—Peter Senge, Fifth Discipline

The chief executive officer (CEO) of a Fortune 500 company realizes that the way his company has been managing its hundreds of thousands of employees is not working anymore. The woman in charge of a major telecommunications company seeks to revise the culture of her firm so it can compete in the next century. A member of a global project team developing a new product worries that the approach the team is taking will not work. A single parent facing evening responsibilities wonders how to manage homework and “life's lessons” conversations with headstrong teenagers.

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Keywords: leadership, management skills, organizational culture UVA-OB-0380

Suggested Citation

Clawson, James G., General Model of Leadership in Organizations: A Diamond in the Rough. Darden Case No. UVA-OB-0380. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1421078

James G. Clawson (Contact Author)

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business ( email )

P.O. Box 6550
Charlottesville, VA 22906-6550
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.darden.virginia.edu/faculty/clawson.htm

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