Why did I do this?: Understanding leadership behavior through a dynamic five-factor model of leadership
Journal of Leadership Studies, Vol. 3, No. 3, Pages 41-52.
Stefan Seiler, Andres C. Pfister
Leadership theories referring to complex adaptive system theory (CAS)
describe leadership as a dynamic process of interdependent, cooperating
agents. However, research on leadership behavior focuses mainly on the
leader as an influencing, active agent. This article offers a different
perspective by focusing on factors that influence leadership behavior.
A dynamic five-factor model of leadership is introduced, which
identifies (1) the leader's individual competence, (2) the group, (3)
the organization, (4) the context, and (5) the immediate situation as
all influencing factors on leadership behavior. To address the problem
of the procedural nature of leadership behavior, the dynamic
five-factor model is combined with a scenario-based approach.
The scenario approach focuses on situational developments in a given
context, whereby a previous situation influences a leader's behavior in
the subsequent situation. By integrating the dynamic five-factor model
into a scenario approach, one can understand a leader's behavior in its
procedural nature. The practical usability of the dynamic five-factor
model and the scenario approach was assessed in a leadership
development program with 81 military officers. Structured feedback from
participants indicated that the model and the approach were perceived
as helpful and relevant for understanding leadership behavior.
Read the article.
(Something interesting I found)Posted: Thursday, January 7, 2010