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Journal of Organizational Change Management

ISSN: 0953-4814

Online from: 1988

Subject Area: Organization Studies

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The Evolution of Leadership Theory

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Title:The Evolution of Leadership Theory
Author(s):David A. Van Seters, (Stevenson, Kellogg, Ernst & Whinney, Vancouver, British Columbia), Richard H.G. Field, (University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada)
Citation:David A. Van Seters, Richard H.G. Field, (1990) "The Evolution of Leadership Theory", Journal of Organizational Change Management, Vol. 3 Iss: 3, pp.29 - 45
Keywords:Leadership, Organizations, Psychology, Theory
DOI:10.1108/09534819010142139 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:MCB UP Ltd
Abstract:Leadership is one of the most complex and multifaceted phenomena to which organisational and psychological research has been applied. An evolutionary developmental perspective is used to create an evolutionary tree of leadership theory and reveal the path along which it has evolved. Nine evolutionary eras are identified, and requirements for a tenth era of leadership theory are discussed. These eras provide a broad framework for researchers and practising managers to categorise existing, and evaluate future, theories.

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