Leadership — The Interactionist Paradigm

  • Robert Elgie
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Political Leadership book series (PSPL)


When we think of leaders, we tend to think of people who head groups of individuals. When we think of leadership, we tend to think of both the actions of those people and the outcomes of their actions. When we think in this way, it is difficult to imagine any group of humans, however ancient and however small, existing or at least prospering without leaders and leadership (Blondel 1987a: 1). For Bass (1990a: 20), leadership is a ‘universal phenomenon’. From this perspective, we can safely assume that leadership has existed since the earliest times.


Early 20th Century Political Leadership Business Organization Grand Unify Theory Adoption Study 
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© Robert Elgie 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert Elgie
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  1. 1.Dublin City UniversityIreland

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