Conditions of problem-solving and the performance of charismatic, ideological, and pragmatic leaders: A comparative experimental study

Katrina E. Bedell-Avers, Samuel Todd Hunter, Michael D. Mumford

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Abstract

Theories contrasting charismatic, ideological, and pragmatic leaders hold that these three leader types display differences in how they construe and attempt to solve the problems encountered in leading others. To test this hypothesis, a measure examining differences among people in their preferred leadership style, charismatic, ideological, and pragmatic, was developed. Subsequently, people were asked to solve leadership problems in two domains. Solution quality and originality were evaluated. It was found that different types of leaders solved different types of problems successfully. However, these relationships varied as a function of domain and designation of the individual as a leader. The implications of these findings for understanding leadership types, and leader performance, are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)89-106
Number of pages18
JournalLeadership Quarterly
Volume19
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2008

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  • Business and International Management
  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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