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The Ambiguity of Leadership

Jeffrey Pfeffer
The Academy of Management Review
Vol. 2, No. 1 (Jan., 1977), pp. 104-112
Published by: Academy of Management
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/257611
Page Count: 9
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Abstract

Problems with the concept of leadership are addressed: (a) the ambiguity of its definition and measurement, (b) the issue of whether leadership affects organizational performance, and (c) the process of selecting leaders, which frequently emphasizes organizationally-irrelevant criteria. Leadership is a process of attributing causation to individual social actors. Study of leaders as symbols and of the process of attributing leadership might be productive.

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