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date: 29 May 2020

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This chapter introduces and briefly summarizes the chapters in The Oxford Handbook of Leadership and Organizations. The notion of what it takes to be an effective leader or provide effective leadership has spawned a century or more of research. Yet definitive answers to these straightforward questions have proved elusive. The perspective espoused in this handbook is to encourage more systems-level thinking around leadership that incorporates leaders, followers, dyads, teams, organizations, and contextual concerns. In looking to the future of leadership, ways to interconnect these various perspectives on leadership are encouraged. The handbook is organized into nine parts, addressing history and background to leadership, research issues, leader-centric theories and approaches, follower-centric theories and approaches, dyadic and team-centric theories and approaches, emerging issues in organizational leadership, emerging contextual issues in leadership, special concerns in leadership, and the future of leadership.

Keywords: leadership, followership, leader–member exchange, team leadership, context, leader development.

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