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Many claim they know what it takes to be an effective leader in today’s workplace. Few put rigorous research behind these claims. We have scoured the most reputable academic journals to bring you an overview of the latest relevant and applicable leadership research. These findings can provide a competitive advantage to anyone responsible for sourcing, developing, and being great leaders.

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We’ve explored the top articles within the realms of leadership research and have discovered the top 10 trends and insights for 2017.

When Should Leaders NOT Promote Interpersonal Justice?

What happens when leaders only say that justice is important but don’t exactly demonstrate it?

How to Increase Trust in Top Leaders

New research has answers that have important implications for top leaders who want to make sure that their employees trust them.

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Leaders Can Use These Nine Skills to Become Better Problem-Solvers

Training leaders to use these cognitive skills can help novice leaders overcome deficits in problem-solving and catch up to their experienced counterparts.

Can Leadership Style Fix Machiavellian Employees?

Have you ever worked with someone who always seems to have selfish ulterior motives and tries to manipulate others using charm?

How Leader Humility Boosts Team Performance

Leaders show humility by accepting employees’ ideas, pointing out their strengths, and being able to accurately assess their own strengths and weaknesses.

The Consequences of Abusive Supervision

New research demonstrates what abusive supervisions does to the mental state of employees, and shows how they behave in response.

Empowering Leadership Leads to Success for Virtual Teams

New research finds that empowering leadership is an effective way of promoting collaborative behavior among geographically dispersed virtual teams.

Shared Leadership Can Boost Team Performance

New research shows that promoting shared leadership is a great start to boosting team performance.

How Childhood Poverty Limits Later Leader Emergence

Organizations benefit from having a diverse set of leaders. But are we unintentionally missing out on certain demographic of leaders?

How to Get the Most out of Leadership Training

A new article suggests that corporate training is only effective if organizational systems and infrastructure are in place to support it.

What Does Sleep Have to Do With Charismatic Leadership?

New research shows that sleep may be beneficial to effectively being a charismatic leader.

Do You Have the CEO Type Personality?

Everyone knows the CEO of their company, but do they also know all of the members of the top management teams?

How Managers Can Become Leaders

Management positions come with formal power and authority; yet, only some managers are truly viewed as leaders.

The Best Combination of Leadership and Organizational Culture

Should CEOs behave in ways that align with the organizational culture in place or do they add more value by emphasizing the things that are currently being overlooked.

How to Increase the Proportion of Women in Higher-Level Management Positions

Although the number of women in management roles is increasing, women are still underrepresented in higher-level management positions.

How Can Leaders Effectively Manage Employees’ Negative Emotions?

Negative emotions are unfortunately found in most workplaces, and they can threaten the productivity or well-being of employees who have them.

How Childhood Social Class Influences CEO Risk Taking

The American Dream is often exemplified by “rags to riches” stories, where individuals achieve success despite humble family origins. But do these individuals forget their roots once they have ascended the social class ladder? A recent study suggests that social class origins continue to influence CEOs, even after they have moved from lower to higher social class standings.

Power Disparity on Teams: Now We Know When It Works

Power can be a hot commodity in the workplace, and because it’s so desirable, it’s not unusual for opportunistic people to snatch it all up.

Can Leadership or Climate Influence Underreporting of Workplace Accidents?

How can an organization reduce workplace accidents if they don’t even know when or how they happen?

Transformational Leadership: Good for You and Good for Them

New research shows that a certain kind of leadership behavior can have distinct positive benefits for leaders. Transformational leadership—there is more than meets the eye.

Narcissistic Leaders Can Use Humility to Succeed

At first glance, narcissistic leaders don’t sound like the kind of people we’d want to work for. But have you considered that narcissism often comes with many character traits—like unwavering self-confidence—that are crucial to successful leadership? Is there a way to benefit from the “good” parts of narcissism without suffering from the “bad” parts? New research shows that a healthy dose of humility can go a long way for the narcissistic personality.

How is Personality Linked to Charismatic Leadership in Different Work Conditions?

What predisposes some leaders to be more charismatic than others? A new study finds that certain traits and values are associated with more charismatic leadership—but only under certain work conditions. What is the secret recipe for inspiring people at work?

The Role of HR as a Strategic Partner: Forming the G3

It’s no secret that HR leaders have struggled for some time to get a “seat at the table,” and to be seen as credible business partners. As the world becomes increasingly more complex, human capital continues to be one of the most often cited challenges facing the CEOs of today. A new article suggest that a different and more strategic role for the CHRO, or Chief Human Resources Officer, is necessary.

Leader Decision Making: Balancing Company Needs Versus Employee Needs

Leaders are often met with paradoxes. Sometimes they must choose between the needs of the organization and the needs of their employees. But a recent study shows that it might not be necessary to choose just one side. How can Eastern cultural values help leaders please everyone? Can leaders really satisfy company needs as well as employee needs?

Stigma-by-Association: How Follower Characteristics Influence Evaluation of Leaders

It can be difficult to evaluate leaders. Do we judge them based on their actions, the success of the individuals in the group, or the group outcomes? Or is there some other way that we determine their effectiveness? Shocking new research shows that people may evaluate leaders based on the racial makeup of the people they are leading.

Emotional Leaders Can Affect Job Performance

How do leaders’ emotions affect employees’ work? A new study finds a connection between leaders’ anger and happiness displays and employees’ motivation to engage in voluntary work performance.

Workplace Incivility: Why Nice Employees Finish First!

Do you remember being told to “play nice” as a child? Well, all those years of playing nice may just pay off in the workplace! A new study shows that individuals who engage in good behavior instead of workplace incivility, are more likely to be perceived as a leader, are more frequently sought out for advice, and have better job performance. As Mother Teresa said, “Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”

The Hidden Danger of Narcissistic Leaders

In recent memory, we’ve seen seemingly well-intentioned CEOs engage in unethical behavior that eventually leads to organizational ruin. Why do they do it? Don’t these executives stand to lose the most from organizational failure? After all, their lives and reputations are most intertwined with the company. Fortunately, a groundbreaking theory is beginning to make sense of this baffling situation.

Manager Personality Can Lead to Organization-Wide Performance

Even though I-O psychologists have made a pretty convincing case for selecting employees based on intelligence, the case for selecting employees based on personality is less clear, and oftentimes debated. If you’re not convinced yet, new research shows that manager personality may not only impact individual job performance, but may also impact a company’s bottom line. Will you jump on the personality bandwagon?

Ethical Leadership Inspires Trust and Employee Success

Psychologists have identified a host of managerial styles that may result in positive organizational outcomes. But what is the role of ethical leadership? Is it even a real thing, or is it just some wishy-washy feel-good concept? Fortunately, a new study shows that ethical leadership is real, distinct, and can lead your employees and organization to success.

Which Leadership Style Leads to Burnout?

Leadership style has a tremendous impact on employee commitment, productivity, and overall organizational success. At the same time, some leaders may be more susceptible to burnout because of how they regulate their emotions. A recent study investigated the relationship between leadership style, emotion regulation strategies, and the likelihood of employee burnout.

Actions Speak Louder Than Words: How Hypocritical Leaders Affect Employee Turnover

We idealistically expect leaders to always do the right thing. Yet, some leaders fail to “walk the talk.” They might say one thing, and then do the exact opposite. Unfortunately, this kind of behavior can negatively affect employees and organizational effectiveness. A recent study examines what happens when leaders are perceived as hypocritical. The results should be concerning to many organizations.

How Rude! Passive Leadership May Encourage Workplace Incivility and Employee Withdrawal

Do you ever roll your eyes at co-workers while they are making important presentations or make snide remarks when the guy in the next cubicle wears his ugly sweater? Although rude workplace behavior may seem harmless, over time it can result in negative outcomes for both employees and organizations. A new study examines how passive leadership may allow uncivil behavior to occur in organizations.

How to Make Meetings Productive: The Role of Employee Participation

Whatever your field of work, you probably have to go to meetings. And no, they are not usually something to look forward to. It’s likely this is the case because they aren’t always productive or even necessary, yet we still continue to have them. So how can we use meetings to actually improve workplace outcomes, and leave employees feeling good? New research highlights the importance of employee participation.

Servant Leadership Benefits Performance through Serving Culture

Servant leadership sounds like an oxymoron. After all, if you are a leader, how can you be a servant? However, new research shows that there may be clear benefits for organizations and employees when leaders learn how to pull off this unique leadership style. So how can leaders become servant leaders, and how exactly does servant leadership lead to improved job performance, creativity, and lower turnover? New research shows us the way!

Lack of Supervisor Justice Leads to Team Cohesiveness

We usually expect good outcomes to come from good leadership and bad outcomes to come from bad leadership. To the contrary, new research shows that team cohesiveness is stronger when there is a lack of supervisor justice. How does that happen, and what does it mean for the typical workplace?

Abusive Supervision may have Roots in Childhood

Abusive supervision is a nasty common occurrence in the modern workplace. New research shows that supervisors are more likely to be abusive if they were exposed to family-related aggression as a child, especially if the supervisors are also “ruminators”. What can organizations do about it?

How Leadership Styles and Fairness Can Help Increase Job Performance

There are several factors that can impact the way an employee performs on the job. A recent study looks at how organizational fairness and leadership styles affect the relationship between work stress and job performance. In the end, researchers found that having the right balance of various leadership styles could serve to relieve employee stress and improve job performance exponentially.

Are Defiant Employees Causing their Bosses to be Abusive?

Forget the chicken and the egg: Which comes first, abusive managers or misbehaving employees? It’s tempting to think that employees act out only in response to bad bosses. But a new study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology interestingly finds that sometimes it’s employee defiance that causes their managers to become abusive.

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