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Understanding the leader-strategy interface: the application of the strategic relationship interview method

Author: Kets de Vries, Manfred F. R. ; Miller, Dany ; Noël, AlainINSEAD Area: Organisational BehaviourIn: Human Relations, vol. 46, no. 1, 1993 Language: EnglishDescription: p. 5-21.Type of document: INSEAD ArticleNote: Please ask the Library for this articleAbstract: The argument that leaders substantially affect organizational outcome is presented. But in order to understand better the leader/strategy/environment interface, we must ask not only what leaders do has to be supplemented with why they are doing it. It is argued that the assessment of a leader's preoccupations will make for more effective human resource planning by facilitating the match between leader and organization, although such assessments are still in their infancy. To fill the gap, this paper proposes a research methodology based on the clinical concept of transference, i.e., repetitive, consistent patterns of interaction which are unique to each individual. The strategic relationship interview method (a derivative of the core conflictual relationship theme method as developed by Luborsky and his collaborators) is introduced as a relatively simple way of capturing the essence of leadership
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The argument that leaders substantially affect organizational outcome is presented. But in order to understand better the leader/strategy/environment interface, we must ask not only what leaders do has to be supplemented with why they are doing it. It is argued that the assessment of a leader's preoccupations will make for more effective human resource planning by facilitating the match between leader and organization, although such assessments are still in their infancy. To fill the gap, this paper proposes a research methodology based on the clinical concept of transference, i.e., repetitive, consistent patterns of interaction which are unique to each individual. The strategic relationship interview method (a derivative of the core conflictual relationship theme method as developed by Luborsky and his collaborators) is introduced as a relatively simple way of capturing the essence of leadership

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