TITLE

The Demise of Newt Gingrich as a Transformational Leader: Does Organizational Leadership Theory Apply to Legislative Leaders

AUTHOR(S)
Peters Jr., Ronald M.; Williams, Craig A.
PUB. DATE
March 2002
SOURCE
Organizational Dynamics;Spring2002, Vol. 30 Issue 3, p257
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Former US House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich attempted to employ organizational leadership theory. In this article, the authors assess his efforts. They apply three concepts from organizational leadership theory to Gingrich: transformational leadership, attribution theory, and punctuated equilibrium. They examine two possible explanations for what happened to Gingrich--model miss-specification and implementation failure--arguing that both played a role in his demise. They conclude that organizational leadership theory does offer insights into congressional leadership behavior that are not obtained through congressional leadership theory--specifically the potential for leaders to shape member expectations and behavior. The authors also believe that this case study offers an important lesson for organizational leadership theory, specifically the critical role of strategic choices that leaders make.
ACCESSION #
7394327

 

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