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Theoretical Framework of Holistic Leadership

Mitsuru Kodama (Nihon University, Tokyo, Japan)

Developing Holistic Leadership

ISBN: 978-1-78714-422-4, eISBN: 978-1-78714-421-7

Publication date: 12 May 2017


Bearing in mind reviews of the existing corporate management leadership theory, this chapter presents a theoretical framework of holistic leadership for top and middle management as well as the staff for strategically promoting knowledge creation activities in companies in industries with rapidly changing competitive environments. “Holistic leadership” here refers to leadership with characteristics that allow for the coexistence of centralized leadership, distributed leadership, and dialectical leadership and their dynamic application according to circumstances by practitioners at each management level (top management, middle management, and staff) of the three practice layers, that is, the formal organizational layer, the psychological boundary layer, and the informal organizational layer. This new theoretical concept of leadership has been derived a posteriori from existing theory and cumulative fieldwork by the author to date.



Kodama, M. (2017), "Theoretical Framework of Holistic Leadership", Developing Holistic Leadership, Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 51-77.



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