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Extra resources for Leadership in Organizations: Current Issues and Key Trends, Second Edition
Being seen to have a competent leader, and indeed being seen to be attending to the task of building a constantly replenishing ‘leadership pool’ is virtually de rigeur for any self-respecting organization. The symbolic presence of these attributes is arguably of even more importance than whether there is any evidence of their impact on organizational outcomes. It is the accomplished performance of leadership, and the accomplished performance of leadership-building, that matters. So far, we have looked at the context of leadership and the different perceived needs for leadership, which emerge at different times and in different places.
In my view this is true. It reinforces the interpretation that the original work could have been recast as an analysis of the importance and impact of leadership. In a trenchant critique of In Search of Excellence, David Guest assesses the work as ‘Right enough to be dangerously wrong’ (Guest 1992). The Guest critique is also pertinent, I suggest, to much of the wider literature on leadership. There are methodological criticisms, and it is relevant to note that a great deal of the transformational leadership literature is similarly superficial in its evidence base; see, for example, Tichy and Devanna’s influential 1986 work which was in fact based on a study of only twelve US chief executives.
Bennis argues that leadership can be understood as deriving from a mixture of time, place, predisposition and potential (Bennis and Thomas 2002). Taking a long view by studying today’s leaders (from the allegedly laid-back and informal high-technology world) and comparing and contrasting them with a cluster of interviewees from the immediate post-war world of half a century ago, there is an explicit acknowledgement of the difference that time (captured here in the concept of ‘era’) can make in the meaning of leadership.