The Full-Range Leadership Theory: The Way Forward

Transformational and Charismatic Leadership: The Road Ahead 10th Anniversary Edition

ISBN: 978-1-78190-599-9, eISBN: 978-1-78190-600-2

ISSN: 1479-3571

Publication date: 27 June 2013

Abstract

In this chapter, we briefly trace the history of the neo-charismatic movement and review Bass and Avolio’s full-range leadership theory (FRLT). We present the FRLT as the flame bearer of the movement, and argue that it should be used as a platform to integrate similar leadership theories. We identify conditions that may moderate the factor structure of the FRLT, and review the validity of the Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire – the instrument underlying the FRLT. Furthermore, we identify theoretical deficiencies in the FRLT and propose the addition of a broad class of behaviors labeled instrumental leadership, which, we argue, is distinct from transformational, transactional, and laissez-faire leadership. Finally, we discuss the utility of dispositional variables in predicting the emergence of leadership.

Citation

Antonakis, J. and House, R.J. (2013), "The Full-Range Leadership Theory: The Way Forward", Transformational and Charismatic Leadership: The Road Ahead 10th Anniversary Edition (Monographs in Leadership and Management, Vol. 5), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 3-33. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1479-357120130000005006

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