Thinking about leadership

contributions and contexts

Peter Murray

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


It is useful to think of leadership in terms of the person, one-to-one relationships, a team approach and the collective relationships between groups. Discussion has explored many approaches, from behavioural to contingency and transformational approaches and beyond. Contingency leadership, for instance, emphasises the leader's attempts to match leader’s behaviour to various situations. The transformational leadership approach continues to dominate much of the literature, and recent research appears to support the view that successful contemporary leaders possess facilitative, charismatic and inspirational skills. Standardised organisational routines and different industry-specific contexts are common leadership obstacles; leaders must consider context in any transformation attempt.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContemporary issues in management and organisational behaviour
Place of PublicationSouth Melbourne, Vic.
PublisherThomson Learning
Number of pages34
ISBN (Print)0170121275
Publication statusPublished - 2006



  • organizational management
  • organizational behavior

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Murray, P. (2006). Thinking about leadership: contributions and contexts. In Contemporary issues in management and organisational behaviour (pp. 274-307). South Melbourne, Vic.: Thomson Learning.