Chapter 6: Using Qualitative Methods to Discover Reasons for Leaders' Failure
From the Book: The Refractive Thinker®: Vol. VIII: Effective Business Practices for Motivation and Communication


The topic of leadership is still highly debated. Disharmony exists amongst scholars about the meaning of leadership as well as the best way to study leadership. As researcher, I confirmed that qualitative grounded theory methodology is an effective method to investigate reasons leaders succeed as well as reasons they fail. There is much in the research literature on effective leadership and successful leaders. In comparison, a deficiency exists in research literature on leaders who fail. In this study, emphasis is on discovering reasons leaders fail. Perhaps, the discovery will help circumvent some of the leadership problems negatively affecting diverse organizations in society.

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