Chapter 16. The Newest Leadership Skills

Randall P. White and Philip Hodgson

Effective leadership is finding a good fit between behavior, context, and need. There is no one right way, no all-explaining theory, but theories do matter.[1] We all have theories of how our world works. Our theories help us anticipate and explain what might happen next. If you have a theory, you must continually chip away at it to see if there's a better way or if it can be made more comprehensive or thorough. This process can be applied to leadership theory.

Historically, the most useful question we could ask was: "Where did the leader come from?" When leaders were rare and unusual beasts, many of them were chosen for leadership roles because of their background. ...

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