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Special Issue "Leadership in the Workplace"
A special issue of Merits (ISSN 2673-8104).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2023 | Viewed by 6786
Special Issue Editor
Interests: transformational leadership; instructor leadership; workplace engagement; meta-analysis; university performance; organizational effectiveness; leadership and gender; causal studies
Special Issue Information
We are pleased to invite you to submit manuscripts addressing the issue of leadership in the workplace. Leadership has been a major preoccupation in management research for many years, but despite its popularity as an area of study, we have yet to reach a consensus of what constitutes effective leadership. A promising contribution was made in the early 1990s with the development of the full-range leadership model, which purported to convey the variety of leadership practices common within organizations. Full-range leadership specifies three leadership approaches, ranging from the most positive to the least positive style, i.e., transformational leadership, transactional leadership and laissez faire leadership, with the latter describing a total abrogation of leadership responsibility.
Transformational leadership in particular promises a universal conceptualisation of excellent leadership, considering the many studies that have produced positive results for this style across national cultures and organisational types. However, recent research has begun to spawn alternative, equally promising models of leadership, e.g., authentic, servant, ethical, and empowering leadership.
Compounding the problem of identifying a generally agreed model of effective leadership is the issue of deciding on the positive or negative effects of leadership on those being led. Leadership studies indicate a vast array of leadership effects. Paramount among these, in a workplace setting, is the notion of workplace engagement. In simple terms, it might be possible to decide on the most effective leadership style if studies were able to demonstrate the style that exceeds all other styles in engendering an engaged workforce, given studies indicating that an engaged workforce has a positive effect on a company’s ‘bottom line’. However, the analysis complexifies when we consider that there is more than one conceptualisation of workplace engagement. Additional complexity is added when, in attempts to arrive at the effect of a particular leadership style on a particular workplace outcome, such as engagement, endogeneity issues render any results suspect.
Considering the above background, we seek contributions that address one or more of the following areas:
- Evaluation of transformational leadership as a relevant model of effective leadership;
- The value of alternative models of positive leadership to the transformational leadership model;
- Validity and reliability issues in leadership studies;
- Meta-analyses in leadership research and the endogeneity issue;
- Brand new leadership prototypes;
- Leadership and contexts, e.g., business, education, non-profit, churches, etc;
- The measurement of leadership effects;
- Alternatives to workplace engagement as the critical outcome of leadership;
- Evaluation of alternative conceptualisation of workplace engagement;
- Leadership and national cultures;
- Identification of instrumental variables in leadership—workplace outcomes causal studies;
- The potential for randomised control trials in leadership studies;
- Instructor transformational leadership—measurement and effects;
- Teacher leadership;
- Leadership and ethics;
- Leadership development;
- Leadership and EQ.
Prof. Dr. James Stuart Pounder
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Merits is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- transformational leadership
- authentic leadership
- servant leadership
- ethical leadership
- empowering leadership
- instructor transformational leadership
- workplace engagement
- leadership and culture