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The Archetypal Images of Leadership

Journal of Organisation and Human Behaviour

Volume 7 Issue 1

Published: 2018
Author(s) Name: Shirshendu Pandey | Author(s) Affiliation: Psychometric Consultant, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.
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This paper explores the archetypal images of leadership that are commonly acquired by individuals (leaders and followers). This study has identified four broad archetypes through a qualitative study of sketches of leaders’ characters using projective technique. The study compares and contrasts these archetypes with other similar frameworks. A questionnaire is used to measure these archetypes as reflected in the self-concepts of 414 subjects. Evidence of reliability and validity of these archetypes as meaningful constructs is discussed. The paper further explores implications of the archetypal perspective of leadership on both emergence and effectiveness of leadership.

Keywords: Leadership, Leadership Archetypes, Leadership Styles

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