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Investigating a Group of New Zealand Leaders
Zaleznik (1977) addressing "Development of leadership" in Managers and leaders: Are they different? states that, "The development of every person begins in the family . . . Also, beyond early childhood, the patterns of development that affect managers and leaders involve the selective influence of particular people (p.75). This leads to a position of leadership that he earlier suggested, "inevitably requires using power to influence the thoughts and actions of people" (p.67).
These stages of leadership correspond with the roots of leadership, the routes to leadership, and the routines in leadership, investigated in this research project. These were drawn, with some modification, from research conducted by Sinclair and Wilson (2002) into leadership in the Australian setting.
It was only near the end of my literature review that I came across Sinclair and Wilson?s work and their use of qualitative research for investigating leadership. I have modelled my research project on theirs, to investigate the development and practises of a group of leaders in the New Zealand setting.
David McLeod-Jones, MMgt, Dip.Ed, Dip.Theol: After training in teaching and theology David taught in New Zealand, Nigeria and Bolivia. He spent nearly a decade as a co-ordinator of prison education, and then worked for the Tertiary Education Commission. Currently he is the training manager at SENZ Training and Employment.