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Chapter 2 Classic approaches to leadership

DOI: 10.23912/9781911635253-4867

ISBN: 9781911635253

Published: May 2021

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Published in: Event Leadership

Parent DOI: 10.23912/9781911635253-4274



This chapter summarises the classic theories of leadership. The reader will note the similarities that exist within this area of leadership studies – these theories all focus on the individual leader, and view leadership as a specialised role. In these classic approaches to leadership, leadership is something someone ‘does’, and the focus is solely on the formal leader and their personality characteristics or their attributes. These approaches are now sometimes referred to as entity leadership because leadership is the sole preserve of the entity or individual, and that individual is highly influential. These theories of leadership began to emerge in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, and whilst they are now between 50 and 100 years old, it is important to explore them briefly, as they form the basis from which leadership studies first emerged.

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Abson, E. (2021) "Chapter 2 Classic approaches to leadership" In: Abson, D.E. (ed) . Oxford: Goodfellow Publishers http://dx.doi.org/10.23912/9781911635253-4867


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