Issues in operationalizing and comparing leadership constructs

Graen, George; Rowold, Jens; Heinitz, Kathrin
June 2010
Leadership Quarterly;Jun2010, Vol. 21 Issue 3, p563
Academic Journal
Abstract: Numerous theories of leadership have yielded a rich array of leadership constructs, yet there has been little comparative work across theories. The authors of this letter exchange compare views around the definition of leadership and four issues related to operationalizing and comparing leadership constructs: the measurement of leadership constructs, overlaps in measures of leadership, follower''s ability to differentiate among leadership constructs, and conceptualizing context in studying leadership.


Related Articles

  • Exploring social constructions of followership: A qualitative study. Carsten, Melissa K.; Uhl-Bien, Mary; West, Bradley J.; Patera, Jaime L.; McGregor, Rob // Leadership Quarterly;Jun2010, Vol. 21 Issue 3, p543 

    Abstract: This study adopts a qualitative approach to deconstruct the meaning of followership. Interviews were conducted with employees in various industries to examine how individuals socially construct their roles as followers and to explore followership schemas and contextual influences that...

  • Constructions of Following from a Relational Perspective: A Follower-Focused Study. Morris, Rachael // Journal of Leadership Education;2014 Special, Vol. 13 Issue 4, p51 

    The followership field remains overshadowed by the leadership field, with traditional assumptions attached to the follower concept further undervaluing the importance of progressive understandings of leadership. This paper considers following as a relational process and provides illustrative...

  • Followership, leadership and social influence. Oc, Burak; Bashshur, Michael R. // Leadership Quarterly;Dec2013, Vol. 24 Issue 6, p919 

    Abstract: Traditional research in leadership has largely relegated followers to the role of passive recipients or, at best, moderators of leader influence and behaviors. However, recent work in the area of followership has begun shifting this focus and emphasizing the possibility that followers...

  • Beyond the BOHICA Syndrome: Social Construction of Employee Cynicism toward Organizational Change. Yuxia Qian // Florida Communication Journal;Fall2013, Vol. 41 Issue 2, p67 

    The purpose of this study is to explore how employee cynicism toward a specific organizational change, i.e. change-specific cynicism, is socially constructed in the work environment. The research was conducted in a large Midwestern university, which was undergoing a comprehensive strategic...

  • Disability in the Far East. Iwakuma, Miho // Conference Papers -- National Communication Association;2008, p1 

    A phenomenon of disability is socially constructed; therefore, it is not free from norms, rules, shared understanding, or values systems, in short, culture. While the presence of such individuals is a constant, culturally shared responses to them vary greatly across time and social context"...

  • The Construction of Embodied Agency: The Other Side of the System-Environment Coin. Ziemke, Tom // Constructivist Foundations;Nov2012, Vol. 8 Issue 1, p52 

    Upshot: Complementary to Alrøe and Noe's discussion of constructivist notions of environment, world, etc., this commentary addresses the closelyrelated notion of agency in constructivist theories - in particular, the question of what would be required for artificial agency - and identifies...

  • Authors' Response: Systems, Environments, and the Body. Alrøe, Hugo F.; Noe, Egon // Constructivist Foundations;Nov2012, Vol. 8 Issue 1, p58 

    Upshot: In our response we focus on how different types of systems are related from a constructivist perspective, and specifically on the relation between communicational social systems and embodied agency.

  • A Look at JNEL Now and in the Future. Dolch, Norman A. // Journal of Nonprofit Education & Leadership;2015, Vol. 5 Issue 3, p137 

    An introduction to the journal is presented which discusses various reports within the issue on topics including key concepts and research on shared leadership, perceptions of followership by nonprofit leaders, and how nonprofit leaders create, maintain and use operating reserves.

  • Constructing the Team: The Antecedents and Effects of Membership Model Divergence. Mortensen, Mark // INSEAD Working Papers Collection;2012, Issue 1, preceding p1 

    Scholars have established that team membership has wide-ranging effects on cognition, dynamics, processes, and performance. Underlying that scholarship is the assumption that team membership - who is and who is not a team member - is straightforward, unambiguous, and agreed upon by team members....


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics