Current Trends in Practicing Leadership: Evidence From the Harvard Business Review

Current Trends in Practicing Leadership: Evidence From the Harvard Business Review

Deniz Palalar Alkan (Yeditepe University, Turkey) and Ayşegül Özbebek Tunç (Istanbul University, Turkey)
Copyright: © 2020 |Pages: 29
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-8088-1.ch008

Abstract

There is a growing body of theoretical and practical studies conducted on a variety of subjects under the multifaceted leadership concept. In this chapter, the authors first explain recently discussed concepts in the Leadership Quarterly by category (leader, contingency, outcome, and leadership development) and subcategory (traits; leader-subordinate interaction, leadership style, organizational; leader, followers, organizational), explore current leadership trends at practice by analyzing Harvard Business Review articles, and then compare them. The essential objective of this chapter is to explore the current trends emerging from real business life in comparison to theoretical development in the leadership field and to highlight common concepts coming from the theory and practice of leadership. From this aspect, this chapter may provide a basis for comparative leadership studies and contribute to the related literature and practical studies. The strength of this study is to present a comparison between current theoretical and practical leadership trends by conducting a content analysis.
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A Review Of Recently Discussed Concepts In The Leadership Quarterly

As mentioned in the introduction, the current study aims to explore the practices in the leadership field and compare them with the concurrent theoretical discussions. For this objective, we have selected HBR articles published in Turkey to see the current practical trends including the last six years since it has been published monthly in Turkey since October 2012 containing various articles in related to concepts such as management, leadership and marketing and etc. The articles vary from an original and translated HBR articles along with country specific related articles written by numerous contributors. On the other hand, we considered the LQ articles published in the last six years as a conceptual framework of this study instead of overall historical development of leadership studies because the LQ is the mostly read and cited top-tier academic journal in the leadership field and it has also the highest impact factor among journals including leadership articles. Likewise, the reason why we chose to analyze the articles published between the years of 2012 and 2018 in the LQ is the fact that HBR articles analyzed within the framework of this study fell into those years.

Key Terms in this Chapter

Leadership: Setting a common goal and leading others to attain this goal, possessing competencies to accomplish the pursuit of organizational success.

Practicing Leadership: Exercising leadership in the business world.

Contingency Theories: Leadership theories describe how aspects of the leadership situation can alter a leader’s influence and effectiveness.

Harvard Business Review: A general management magazine published by Harvard Business Publishing, a wholly owned subsidiary of Harvard University.

Dyadic Relationships: A dichotomy of relationships based on a mutual acceptance that exists between a leader and subordinate.

Leadership Quarterly: A social-science journal dedicated to advancing our understanding of leadership as a phenomenon, how to study it, as well as its practical implications.

Leadership Development: Identifying and evaluating the factors that influence the success of a leader along with helping leaders to demonstrate necessary skill-building.

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