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Leadership & Organization Development Journal

ISSN: 0143-7739
Incorporates: Participation and Empowerment: An International Journal

Online from: 1980

Subject Area: Organization Studies

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Change leaders and change managers: different or complementary?


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Title:Change leaders and change managers: different or complementary?
Author(s):Raymond Caldwell, (Birkbeck College, University of London, London, UK)
Citation:Raymond Caldwell, (2003) "Change leaders and change managers: different or complementary?", Leadership & Organization Development Journal, Vol. 24 Iss: 5, pp.285 - 293
Keywords:Change, Change management, Competences, Delphi method, Management development, Middle management
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/01437730310485806 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:MCB UP Ltd
Abstract:The role of “change leaders” in initiating or sponsoring strategic change in organisations is often positively presented as the counter-image of traditional managerial roles. Managers, and especially middle managers, are viewed as individuals lacking in the, apparently, proactive attributes of flexibility, risk-taking and openness to new ideas essential for creating or managing change. However, there have been few attempts to clarify these counter-images, or the extent to which the roles of leading and managing change may in fact be complementary. The research presented here uses a Delphi-style panel of ten change agent experts to identify and rank the sets of “attributes” they perceive to characterise the roles of leading and managing change. The findings suggest that the attributes of the two roles are different, yet complementary. It is concluded that the distinction between “change leaders” and “change managers” may be useful in clarifying the nature of the relationship between leadership and management in processes of organisational change.



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