Leadership perceptions; a myriad of voices or a multi-voiced chorus?
The idea that People who work in the same organization and have an influence on leadership and leadership systems (thus they can be considered to be stakeholders in the leadership process) may have quite different perceptions about what leadership is or isn't, what is should or shouldn't be, is something I've explored in several Projects and over many years, both theoretically and empiracally.
I find it really interesting that People always seems so capable to assess and talk about what kind of leadership is needed or not needed in any particular situation or organization. At the same time, organizations want to influence their leaders and other employees so that they will prefer the kind of leadership that is determined to be the appropriate one from an organizational perspective. Is it possible to align perceptions about leadership in practice? Is it even desirable?
I think large organizations need to rethink some of the basic ideas about the management of leadership. I'll say more about how elsewhere.