What are the main characteristics of effective leadership? How can we understand leadership today?

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Avoiding Leadership and Involved Leadership

Avoiding leadership and involved leadership

The extent of hands-on leader engagement in all aspects of the organization can vary from non-existent or minimal to ‘having a finger in every pie’.

This dichotomy between high and low avoiding styles has been defined by Thomas and Kilmann (1974) within their well-known Conflict Mode Instrument – also discussed in connection with Accommodating Leadership and Competitive Leadership, and with Compromising Leadership and Cooperative Leadership. Of the five possible ways of approaching a situation of disagreement, usually two or three modes of operating are popular with each leader or manager, with one or two being low preferences, and possibly one or two moderate preferences. The preferences reflected in the scores show the following:

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