The second volume in The SAGE Handbook of Industrial, Organizational and Work Psychology looks in detail at how teams and individuals function and perform. It covers motivation and organizational socialisation as well as the latest research into diversity and organizational culture in the workplace. Chapter topics include goal setting, employee development, team design and trust at work. Volume II is a key resource for anyone working in or studying organizational psychology.

Chapter 12: Leadership in Organizations

Leadership in Organizations

Leadership in Organizations
Robert Hogan Gordon Curphy Robert B. Kaiser Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic


The success of schools, sports teams, businesses, armies, governments, and nations depends on the performance of their leaders. Thus, leadership is one of the most consequential subjects in human affairs. However, despite the immense literature on the topic, there is no consensus regarding how to define, identify, or develop leadership. This chapter provides a theoretical framework for organizing the vast body of interdisciplinary research on leadership, and is aimed primarily at scientist-practitioners; for a review of mainstream academic thinking on leadership, see Barling, Christie, and Hoption (2011).

Defining Leadership

Our discussion of leadership rests on two assumptions: (1) All ...

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