Leadership: Interpreting Life Patterns and their Managerial Significance

Muldoon, Shane Douglas and Miller, Stephanie (2004) Leadership: Interpreting Life Patterns and their Managerial Significance. Working Paper. Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia.


Purpose of this paper: To illuminate the managerial significance of life patterns and to assist development of qualitative methodology. Design/methodology/approach: The theoretical proposition of a Manager Quad (MQ) is empirically examined. Interview data from 16 managers are analysed using an interpretive frame. Methods of meaning generation are illustrated and this provides greater transparency and credibility of findings. Findings: Managers' characteristics are found to form thematic distinctions corresponding with outcomes of leader effectiveness and individual success. Research limitations/implications: The evidence suggests the worth of future qualitative research using explicit interpretive methods. Practical implications: Managers as mentors for leader development should be chosen according to the category in which they are assigned by research evidence. What is original/value of paper: The paper has value for researchers, management educators and practitioners. The importance of life patterns in the leader/manager debate is suggested with inferences drawn regarding management education.

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Item type Monograph (Working Paper)
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/132
Subjects Historical > RFCD Classification > 350000 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Historical > FOR Classification > 1503 Business and Management
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Management and Information Systems
Keywords Leadership; leader/manager debate; qualitative methodology; Manager Quad; management education; Australia.
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