Labor Productivity: Proposing the Economic Metric as an Empirical Leadership Proxy
Paper accepted for presentation at the global annual conference of the International Leadership Association in West Palm Beach, FL, Oct. 25, 2018.
Abstract: Leadership is inherently difficult to quantify. Studies have surveyed and observed behavior in all sorts of organizations attempting to understand relationships and causes and effects of leadership styles and outcomes. As Yammarino (2013) stated, “we have many empirical studies (quantitative, qualitative, and meta-analyses) on leadership, but theory is still ahead of data.” This paper considers industry leadership an aggregated activity and examines labor productivity as a tool to critically compare performances across multiple sectors. The U.S. newspaper industry is discussed as a case study of the data, and the paper asserts that industries struggling with productivity erosion may benefit from new methods for cultivating and recruiting transformational leaders. Leadership development stakeholders are encouraged to consider productivity as an empirical leadership proxy.
Applying Leadership Self-Efficacy Theory: Understanding the Innerworkings of Assessments by Creating Our Own
Abstract: This innovative practice paper explores a theoretical framework supporting leadership self-assessments — leadership self-efficacy theory. The paper describes the theory’s application in an exemplar self-assessment instrument and explains our approach to understanding the inner workings of assessments by creating and testing our own. Note: This paper resulted from an academic-industry collaboration with the Cox […]
Ethical leadership and influence building: An examination of female public relations’ perceptions on preparedness, role modeling, and influence strategies
Abstract: Practices of ethical leadership in public relations can be context-specific but they can influence organizational effectiveness. By conducting a national survey, this study examines female public relations professionals’ perspectives on ethical leadership. The results suggest that female professionals feel ready and confident in providing ethics counseling as needed. Public relations leaders’ ethical conduct help […]