Attributes of embodied leadership: a beginning in the next chapter of leadership development

KOYA, Kushwanth, ANDERSON, Jane, SICE, Petia and KOTTER, Richard (2015). Attributes of embodied leadership: a beginning in the next chapter of leadership development. Human Systems Management, 34 (4), 287-300.

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Research and guidance on leadership behaviour has been documented throughout history, from the epics to more recent leadership theories, evolved over the last century. However, despite ample research and practice, leadership failures continue in being typical.Areviewof literature in leadership studies reveals that recommendations have often been descriptive, assumptive and prescriptive without considering various individual differences. Additionally, leadership development often utilises methodologies in which individuals are trained to ‘act’ as leaders rather than fully embody leadership behaviour. This paper explores the generic attributes that describe embodied leadership behaviour. Semi-structured interviews were performed on a panel of individuals from different backgrounds and analysed using a grounded theory approach. Along with the interviews, the works of Scharmer (2008) and behavioural traits identified in leadership by Derue, Nahrgang,Wellman and Humphrey (2011) were taken into consideration. A final consensus was reached using a set of ten attributes that potentially contribute to embodied leadership behaviour; being non-judgemental, embracing uncertainty, active listening, congruence (morals and ethics), intuition, reflective practice, sense of meaning/purpose, holistic decision making, authentic presence and intention.

Item Type: Article
Departments - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Sheffield Business School > Department of Finance, Accountancy and Business Systems
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Page Range: 287-300
Depositing User: Kushwanth Koya
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2018 11:30
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 15:03

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