DOI: 10.21637/GT.2015.4.02.

Value Work and Leadership Practices

FEHÉR, János

Leadership literature offers a wide array of possible definitions for describing its subject. While influence had been historically–and still has remained–key in interpreting the phenomenon of Leadership, for the past decades other issues, including the leaders’ approach to and working through values have gained central importance in the conceptualization of the topic. The aim of this paper is to emphasize the importance of the leader’s value work (i. a. a process of identifying, generating, developing, and fostering positive and shared values directed/catalyzed by the leader) in the light of some of the relevant theoretical approaches. It will be addressed how the leaders’ activities toward and around values have become an important issue historically. The paper makes references to certain related business aspects of value concern, as well, and offers empirical illustrations about Hungarian leadership practices in question.

KEYWORDS: leadership, influence, transformational, value work
JEL Codes: M12, M5

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