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Moral Leadership by Cam Caldwell

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CHAPTER 5

New Paradigms for the 21st Century: Why Traditional Leadership Models Fail

The thinking of many of today’s leaders about the principles of leadership is based upon theories and assumptions that are often incomplete, out of context, unclear, or incorrect. This weakness in conventional thinking has plagued the management literature for more than seven decades1—and has been the subject of specific emphasis of Stanford scholar Jeff Pfeffer. Pfeffer has been sharply critical of organizational leaders who persist in applying “conventional wisdom” about organizations that is neither correct nor properly understood.2 Pfeffer noted that misapplied theories often destroy trust, undermine employee commitment, and reduce long-term profitability. ...

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