6 Ways to Challenge Your Leadership Assumptions

by Eric J. McNulty for Strategy + Business Magazine

Mr. McNulty is the Director of Research at the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative and writes frequently about both leadership and resilience.

“Leadership,” as we most often use the term, is not universal; it is an Anglo-Saxon concept dating to Carlyle’s Great Man Theory in the 19th century. Leadership was not something generally associated with business executives until late in the 20th century. Historian James MacGregor Burns’s landmark 1978 book, Leadership, carefully examined political and social leaders from Napoleon to Mao, but made only a few references to business people as leaders. Today, leadership seems to be the subject of every fifth tweet. The term is ubiquitous. But do we truly understand what we mean when we use it?

6 key findings could help us find the answer.

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