Leadership in Iceland: A Historical Context

  • Inga Minelgaite
  • Svala Guðmundsdóttir
  • Árelía E. Guðmundsdóttir
  • Olga Stangej
Part of the Contributions to Management Science book series (MANAGEMENT SC.)


The purpose of this chapter is to frame the circumstances that affected the development of leadership in Iceland. Leadership is a result of different societal and economic processes, whereas in the case of Iceland, it is a relatively young phenomenon and it is strongly associated with the economic development of the country. Throughout the nineteenth century and in the 1900s, the quality of socioeconomic conditions in Iceland was among the lowest in Europe. This chapter recollects the development of organizational leadership traditions in Iceland.


Leadership in Iceland Icelandic leadership Historical context 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Inga Minelgaite
    • 1
  • Svala Guðmundsdóttir
    • 1
  • Árelía E. Guðmundsdóttir
    • 1
  • Olga Stangej
    • 2
  1. 1.University of IcelandReykjavikIceland
  2. 2.Institute of Quality Management and Business Administration (IQB-FHS)FHS St. Gallen, University of Applied SciencesSt. GallenSwitzerland

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