Commentary: When It Comes to Leadership, Context Matters

Richard Klimoski

in The Oxford Handbook of Leadership

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780195398793
Published online December 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Commentary: When It Comes to Leadership, Context Matters

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This chapter explores the interpersonal situation, the task situation, the emotional situation, and the psychological situation, and also investigates the situations in an organizational context and in a leadership context. The interpersonal component of a situation is significant and will influence behavior. It is noted that, with a careful analysis of a particular situation, the ability to take on the perspective of people in a situation, and with a firm grasp of the literature, scientists or practitioners can make an informed prediction of what to expect. The normative pressures of a work unit are probably a good place, if one were looking, to find the reasons behind employee turnover. The leader should be considered as a “player,” fully capable of choosing or determining the business environment in which to work. Furthermore, it is observed that the context can influence leaders, who, in turn, affect the contexts of their followers.

Keywords: interpersonal situation; task situation; emotional situation; psychological situation; leadership; employee turnover; leader; business environment

Article.  16868 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Social Psychology

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