SUNConferences, 29th Annual Conference of SAIIE

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Leadership Styles in Projects. Current Trends and Future Opportunities.
Suzaan Pretorius, Herman Steyn, Taryn Jane Bond-Barnard

Last modified: 2018-10-17


Currently, many organisations experience challenges pertaining to uncertainty, fast-changing environments, globalisation and increasingly complex work tasks. In order to adapt to these challenges, a shift in leadership style may be needed. Traditionally, leadership was seen as a vertical relationship (top-down influence). For a number of decades this vertical leadership model has been the principal one in the leadership field but lately, shared and balanced leadership have gained importance, especially in project management literature. This theoretical study highlights some differences between leadership and management and explores current trends in leadership literature. It especially focusses on vertical, shared and balanced leadership in project management and identifies future opportunities for research.