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Transformational change and leader character

Gerard H. Seijts and Jeffrey Gandz

Business Horizons, 2018, vol. 61, issue 2, 239-249

Abstract: Leader character is foundational to good leadership. We define character as an amalgam of virtues, values, and personality traits that influence how leaders behave in various contexts. Our research identified 11 dimensions of leader character and 60-plus character elements that are illustrative of those dimensions. We integrate two frameworks: John Kotter’s eight-step model of leading change and our framework of leader character dimensions and associated elements. Specifically, the objective of this article is to illustrate which dimensions of leader character come into play at various points in the organizational change process and how their presence or absence affects the outcomes of the change process. Beyond that, we draw inferences about how organizations might develop character among all leaders but especially those younger, less experienced leaders who will become tomorrow’s leaders of change projects.

Keywords: Leadership; Leader character; Transformational change; Performance; Leadership qualities (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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