Validating competency models

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Instead, trait and behavioral theories served as a pivot point for contingency-based theories that place leadership in the context of leader, follower, and (Lussier & Achua, 2007).Indeed, situational leadership theories emerged out of the recognition that their trait and behavioral predecessors failed to address the context variable.Letter from the Editor Table of Contents"Smart"Change in Strategy: IBM’s Response to Challenging Times IBM and the Future: Building a Smarter Planet Oliver Winery and the Recipe for Values-Based Leadership: People, Product and Place Holistic Leadership: A Model for Leader-Member Engagement and Development A Tale of Two Cultures: Why Culture Trumps Core Values in Building Ethical Organizations Leadership: The Tabletop Concept The Leader as Moral Agent: Praise, Blame, and the Artificial Person This paper presents a model of holistic leadership that is proposed for inclusion with the integrative class leadership theories.It positions holistic leadership as a synthesis of full participation models and developmentally-oriented leadership theories by building upon theories of holistic development.The search for qualities most commonly found in great leaders led to an interest in leadership traits and behaviors that could be measured.It was only upon the inability to find an empirically validated list of traits dispositive of leadership proficiency that other explanations were explored.This results in leadership practices that must be evaluated through ever more byzantine constellations of context.

From there, a theory of holistic leadership will be presented in sufficient detail to distinguish it from existing theories and articulate its potential as a model for leader, leadership, and organizational development.

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While many other definitions of leadership exist, leadership practitioners who meet this standard are likely to be successful more often than not.

This paper offers an emergent theory of leadership built upon the class of theories most closely aligned with this goal.

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