LEADERSHIP BRIEFING

Informing Leaders of the Latest Developments in Research and Practice

Leadership Effectiveness Hangs in the Balance

Robert B. Kaiser and Robert E. Kaplan

In leadership, style matters. Just ask any leader; they all have their preferred ways of thinking and behaving. Quite naturally, they often believe that their own method of operation is the most effective, and they tend to lack appreciation for leadership styles other than their own. Unbeknown to many leaders, however, their rigidity of style is making them less effective.

There is a long-standing tradition of contrasting two distinct approaches to leading, which we call forceful leadership and enabling leadership. Leaders who subscribe to the forceful school emphasize ...

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