Handbook of Methods in Leadership Research
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Handbook of Methods in Leadership Research

Edited by Birgit Schyns, Rosalie J. Hall and Pedro Neves

This volume provides an overview of a variety of quantitative and qualitative methods for leadership research, authored by scholars in the areas of leadership and research methodology. Integrating insights from other research areas, it provides novel approaches and multiple techniques for leadership research in a straightforward fashion. Because the volume is designed to help leadership researchers get their first insights into specific methods and their potential application to leadership research, it is appropriate for multiple audiences. These include academics and practitioners wanting to try a new method, as well as advanced undergraduate and graduate students wanting an overview of a variety of techniques. It will also be helpful to readers and reviewers as they endeavour to better understand and assess the quality of existing leadership research.
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Chapter 16: Leadership in the future, and the future of leadership research

Robert G. Lord


This chapter addresses ways to improve leadership theory, methodology, and practice both in the near term, which could be expected to be reasonably similar to the present, and in the long term, which may be radically different from the present. Within its tripartite focus on theory, methods, and practice, this chapter attempts to assess several fundamental assumptions that have guided thinking regarding leadership, while also considering issues related to aggregation across levels of analysis and across time. The critical issue underlying this analysis is that we typically ask subordinates to describe their leader without first checking to see whether the leadership construct makes sense to them as a category applied to the target being rated. When prior experience with a leader has not been encoded in leadership terms, ratings necessarily reflect more general types of information, which though sensible, does not accurately describe the behavior of the person being rated. Ways to address the consequences of this problem are addressed.

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