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Leadership in Action: Great Expectations: Resolving Conflicts of Leadership Style Preferences by Marian N. Ruderman

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FOUR STEPS

Understanding, managing, and addressing the leadership expectations of others have become key leadership capabilities. There are four steps that leaders can consider taking to achieve these capabilities.

Understand and Appreciate the Boundaries of Your Own Thinking About Leadership Leadership is inherently subjective. Perceptions of what constitutes good leadership keep changing. Everyone has preferences in what they view as effective leadership. In the United States it might mean a heroic leader who stands out and leaves a mark. In China a leadership style emphasizing dignity and a humane orientation might be preferred.

Individuals' mental models of leadership are shaped by their personal backgrounds, the societies they live in, ...

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