Direction, alignment, commitment: Toward a more integrative ontology of leadership

Wilfred H. Drath, Cynthia D. McCauley, Charles J. Palus, Ellen Van Velsor, Patricia M.G. O'Connor, John B. McGuire
2008 Leadership Quarterly  
a r t i c l e i n f o a b s t r a c t This article argues that the current, widely accepted leadership ontologyleaders, followers, and shared goalsis becoming less useful for understanding leadership in contexts that are increasingly peer-like and collaborative. The further development of leadership theory calls for a corresponding development at the level of leadership ontology. Thus, an alternative leadership ontology is proposed: direction, alignment, and commitment. A theoretical framework
more » ... ased on such an ontology is sketched out. It is argued that such a framework can integrate emerging leadership research and ultimately stimulate the development of new leadership theory and practice.
doi:10.1016/j.leaqua.2008.09.003 fatcat:r36d7qgkufgyfmxjucua2cptmu