Overlapping Semantics of Leadership and Heroism: Expectations of Omnipotence, Identification With Ideal Leaders and Disappointment in Real Managers
Arnulf, J. K. and K. R. Larsen (2015). "Overlapping semantics of leadership and heroism: Expectations of omnipotence, identification with ideal leaders and disappointment in real managers." Scandinavian Psychologist 2(e3).
30 Pages Posted: 4 Nov 2020
Date Written: 2014
Building on the semantic theory of survey response, we show how leadership research is vulnerable to semantic overlaps in central concepts. Many people have unrealistic expectations of leaders, and confuse leadership with heroism.
Keywords: Leadership, Heroism, Latent Semantic Analysis, Semantic Theory of Survey Response, Charisma, Transformational Leadership
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