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2017 Leadership Research Trends & Insights White Paper


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Discover the top 10 Leadership Research trends and insights from 2017. Learn how you can improve your organizational success through these leadership tips.

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2017 Leadership Research Trends & Insights White Paper

  1. 1. To learn more, download the full whitepaper here. Top Leadership Research Trends & Insights
  2. 2. Read our free leadership white paper: Trends & Insights 2017: Leadership We’ve scoured the past few years of top-journal leadership research. Here are ten interesting takeaways we found.
  3. 3. Ethical leadership can have pitfalls. For some leaders, doing the right thing can lead to “ego depletion,” or running out of willpower, leading to employee abuse.
  4. 4. When leaders have poor sleep quality, it can increase “ego depletion,” which can lead to a higher likelihood of employee abuse.
  5. 5. Medium levels of narcissism are associated with the most effective leadership. Very low and very high levels of narcissism are associated with less effective leadership.
  6. 6. Transformational leadership may improve the moods of leaders who practice it, even more than other altruistic leadership styles would.
  7. 7. Charismatic leadership can lead to a climate for organizational learning. These leaders inspire trust through promotion of collective goals and cooperation.
  8. 8. Access the full leadership white paper for free: Trends & Insights 2017: Leadership Want to learn more? or keep scrolling
  9. 9. Better connected leaders have more creative employees, regardless of how well connected the employees themselves were.
  10. 10. Framing situations as opportunities instead of threats helps increase creative performance among employees.
  11. 11. Leaders who use holistic or “big-picture” thinking and integrate different approaches can thrive in paradoxical situations. They do not rely on “one size fits all” approaches when faced with complexity or ambiguity.
  12. 12. Leaders who inspire positive attitudes see their teams experience an increase in information sharing and innovation.
  13. 13. The most effective leaders convey lots of vision (rich and vivid description of goals) but focus on only a few core values. In reality, leaders tend to do the opposite.
  14. 14. Want to learn more? Access the full leadership white paper for free: Trends & Insights 2017: Leadership
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