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Values and leadership preferences in the public sector

Krapp, Charlotte (2013) Values and leadership preferences in the public sector.

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Abstract:The awareness of different leadership styles and preferences is important in all situations where groups are to achieve targets. Leadership styles have been widely researched for the private sector. However, this range of research is, up to now, lacking in the public sector. Regardless of the sector, leaders need to fulfill certain attributes according to the situation, environment, and expectations. Being able to choose the right leader or the most successful education for managers it is essential to understand how leadership preferences differ among public sector organizations. These insights enable leaders to predict leadership preferences based on organizational norms and values. The present study investigated the influences on employee’s leadership preferences in the public sector and sought to obtain evidence for different leadership preferences in the Netherlands. Secondly, the present study examined the predictability of leadership preferences by means of organizational values. Using adapted versions of the CLT Scale of the GLOBE study and the PVQ-21, an empirical study was conducted with a sample of forty-five university employees and fifty-two municipality employees. The results indicate that charismatic/value based leadership is the most effective leadership style for both organizations. However, differences can nonetheless be observed between the two types of public sector organizations. Distinguishing between different organizations within the public sector and a management capable of addressing these differences are vital when adapting leadership styles, new values or new goals in a successful manner.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:05 communication studies
Programme:Communication Studies MSc (60713)
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