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date: 23 February 2018

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This chapter, which provides some overall comments concerning the current state of leadership research and some thoughts about potentially fruitful directions, explores leadership as a science. The word leadership has been used so broadly as to permeate every aspect of society. A “paradigm shift” has become a popular expression for the process by which one changes one's assumptions about a particular scientific field. Many of the evident points of disagreement between alternative leadership theories may melt away when the terminology used is consistent and clear. The deficiency in a clear definition of the field of study is the fundamental difficulty in advancing leadership science. Effectiveness “is not solely determined by the performance of a particular individual even if that individual is one of the organization's critical leaders.”

Keywords: leadership research, paradigm shift, leadership science, leaders, society

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