Leadership competencies: time to change the tune?

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Leadership competencies: time to change the tune?

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dc.contributor.author Bolden, Richard en_GB
dc.contributor.author Gosling, Jonathan en_GB
dc.contributor.department University of Exeter en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2008-07-02T11:22:43Z en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2011-01-26T09:54:09Z en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2013-04-03T11:11:15Z
dc.date.issued 2006 en_GB
dc.description.abstract This paper indicates how the competency approach to leadership could be conceived of as a repeating refrain that continues to offer an illusory promise to rationalise and simplify the processes of selecting, measuring and developing leaders yet only reflects a fragment of the complexity that is leadership. To make this argument we draw on two discrete sets of data: a review of leadership competency frameworks and an analysis of participant reports from a reflective leadership development programme. A lexical analysis comparing the two data sets highlights a substantial difference with regards to the relative importance placed on the moral, emotional and relationship dimensions of leadership. The implications of these differences are considered, as are ways in which the competency approach could be aligned more closely with the current and future needs of leaders and organisations. In particular, we argue that a more discursive approach that helps reveal and challenge underlying organisational assumptions is likely to be more beneficial if organisations are looking to move beyond individualistic notions of leadership to more inclusive and collective forms. Methodological issues are also raised around the comparative analysis (both semantic and linguistic) of apparently incommensurable texts. en_GB
dc.identifier.citation Leadership, Vol. 2, No. 2, 147-163 (2006) en_GB
dc.identifier.doi 10.1177/1742715006062932 en_GB
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10036/30852 en_GB
dc.language.iso en en_GB
dc.publisher Sage en_GB
dc.relation.url http://lea.sagepub.com/ en_GB
dc.subject competencies en_GB
dc.subject management en_GB
dc.subject ethics en_GB
dc.subject leadership en_GB
dc.subject lexical analysis en_GB
dc.subject standards en_GB
dc.title Leadership competencies: time to change the tune? en_GB
dc.type Article en_GB
dc.date.available 2008-07-02T11:22:43Z en_GB
dc.date.available 2011-01-26T09:54:09Z en_US
dc.date.available 2013-04-03T11:11:15Z
dc.identifier.issn 17427150 en_GB
dc.description article en_GB
dc.identifier.journal Leadership en_GB


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