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Leadership for Quality and Innovation: Challenges, Theories, and a Framework for Future Research

Summary: [This abstract is based on the authors' abstract.] This perspective paper discusses current issues facing leaders, what researchers and practitioners know about leadership theory and practice, and what they need to know to improve leadership in the future. A key issue in leadership research is that there has been no convergence toward a reasonable number of cogent leadership theories. The current knowledge about leadership consists of narrow definitions of leader effectiveness that are disconnected from their context, so the application to practice is difficult. More research is needed that develops leadership frameworks and models that integrate transformational, servant, and spiritual leadership theories and include the context and a definition of success based on creating value for multiple stakeholders. A framework for future leadership research is proposed along with a “call to action.”

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  • Topics: Innovation, Leadership
  • Keywords: Leader, Leadership, Innovation, Sustainability, Research, Diversity, Quality
  • Author: Latham, John R.;
  • Journal: Quality Management Journal