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Reframing organizations through leadership communications: the four-frames of leadership viewed through motivating language

William T. Holmes (School of Counseling, Leadership, Advocacy & Design, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming, USA)
W. Reed Scull (School of Counseling, Leadership, Advocacy & Design, University of Wyoming College of Education, Laramie, Wyoming, USA)

Development and Learning in Organizations

ISSN: 1477-7282

Article publication date: 6 March 2019

Issue publication date: 20 September 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to integrate the Bolman and Deal’s (2017) Four Frames of Reframing Organizations with the Mayfield and Mayfield (2018) Motivating Language Theory so that those who lead organizations can better do so and those who guide the improvement and development of organizations can better prepare organizational managers/leaders.

Design/methodology/approach

Through the fusion of the Four-Frames Assumptions and Motivating Language Categorical Forms into one integration table, linkages and connections between the two frameworks are identified.

Findings

The findings of this work provide a “voice” to the Four Frames of Reframing Organizations and extend the field Motivating Language Theory as the medium of leader praxis.

Research limitations/implications

The implications for researchers are new opportunities for research and teaching.

Practical implications

The implications for those in the field are new opportunities for leader development and training leading to improved outcomes for employees and organizations.

Originality/value

This is the first integration of the Four-Frames and Motivating Language Theory extending and enriching both fields.

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Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank Dr Marsha Carr, Dr Liz Hollingworth, Dr Dana Robertson and Dr Alan Buss for their feedback and support in the development of this article.

Citation

Holmes, W.T. and Scull, W.R. (2019), "Reframing organizations through leadership communications: the four-frames of leadership viewed through motivating language", Development and Learning in Organizations, Vol. 33 No. 5, pp. 16-19. https://doi.org/10.1108/DLO-09-2018-0107

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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