Toward a realistic theory of leader effectiveness

Lay Summary 

Dr. Tang’s research attempts to enhance understanding of what makes leadership effective, especially at the strategic leadership level. Research to date has primarily presented an idealistic view, lauding virtuous qualities such as authenticity, humility and character, and equating these with effective leadership. Yet, a Machiavellian view has long existed and endured, arguing that using illegitimate means such as manipulation and intimidation are necessary for effective leadership. Dr. Tang seeks to reconcile the idealistic and Machiavellian views to develop a more realistic theory of effective leadership.


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Faculty of Business Administration
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council - Insight Grant
Newfoundland and Labrador
Start date 
1 Jan 2021