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Prominent and desirable leadership competencies
2001 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Different theories about leadership are often based on people’s own experiences, but research shows contradictory findings. Most existing theories based on research present guidelines, traits or behaviors that determine an effective leader. What the existing leadership is like is less commonly presented. From theories, leadership development material and interviews, eight common leadership competencies were chosen in order to form a theoretical framework. The competencies were communication, trustworthiness, delegation, motivation, team building, entrepreneurial, organized and result orientation, where the first five belong to people- oriented behaviors and the last three to task-oriented behaviors. The main purpose was to map the prominent behaviors of today’s leadership, and the desirable leadership according to the employees. Possible discrepancies between the prominent and the desirable competencies were examined, as well as differences between groups and organizational levels. The mapping was done with qualitative interviews with leaders and a survey filled out by employees. The most prominent competencies among leaders are according to the respondents result orientation and delegation. Male and female leaders show different prominent competencies. Significant differences are shown between the respondents’ educational level and delegation, and leadership experience and communication. Leaders from different levels in the organization show different prominent behaviors and have different perspective on leadership. The most desirable competencies according to the respondents are communication, trustworthiness, motivation and organized. There is a significant difference between the prominent competencies the leaders have, and the desirable competencies the respondents want their leader to have.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2001.
Keywords [en]
Social Behaviour Law, Leadership, communication, motivation, delegation, trustworthiness, team building, result orientation
Keywords [sv]
Samhälls-, beteendevetenskap, juridik
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-43776ISRN: LTU-C/DUPP--01/34--SELocal ID: 19bfddd3-783c-4d50-ae0c-d6ec5019a2acOAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-43776DiVA, id: diva2:1017017
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Student thesis, at least 15 credits
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Psychology, master's level
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Validerat; 20101217 (root)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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