Iranian Journal of Management Studies, Volume (10), No (1), Year (2017-3) , Pages (1-29)

Title : ( Implicit leadership theories :a qualitative study in an Iranian organization )

Authors: Mohammad Sadegh Sharifirad , Saeed Mortazavi , Fariborz Rahimnia , Mohammad Mahdi Farahi ,

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This research aims at discovering the traits and abilities which characterize ideal leaders in the minds of employees in an Iranian context. After employing the strategy of phenomenology to reach the components of ideal leadership, 15 tenured middle managers and employees possessing decent management knowledge in the context were interviewed and after theme analysis, global, basic and organizing themes were extracted. The results showed that the whole themes could be categorized into two groups of prototypes and antiprototypes. Five of the themes are the prototypes labeled as Charismatic, Humane Oriented, Employee’s Servant, Emotionally Mature and Decisive and three of them are the antiprototypes labeled as Selfish, Deceptive and Narrow-Minded. Although some of the components of Implicit Leadership Theories (ILTs) are generalizable, context can produce some distinct features of ILTs. This research tried to discover implicit leadership theories in an Iranian context. According to the available themes in the literature of ILTs, Employee’s Servant, Emotionally Mature and Decisive are the three novel prototypes and Deceptive and Narrow-Minded are the new antiprototypes. Moreover, this is the first study using interview to discover ILTs with the inclusion of data retrieved from participants’ semantic memory.


, Implicit Leadership Theories, Iran, prototypes, antiprototypes
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author = {Sharifirad, Mohammad Sadegh and Mortazavi, Saeed and Rahimnia, Fariborz and Farahi, Mohammad Mahdi},
title = {Implicit leadership theories :a qualitative study in an Iranian organization},
journal = {Iranian Journal of Management Studies},
year = {2017},
volume = {10},
number = {1},
month = {March},
issn = {2008-7055},
pages = {1--29},
numpages = {28},
keywords = {Implicit Leadership Theories; Iran; prototypes; antiprototypes},


%0 Journal Article
%T Implicit leadership theories :a qualitative study in an Iranian organization
%A Sharifirad, Mohammad Sadegh
%A Mortazavi, Saeed
%A Rahimnia, Fariborz
%A Farahi, Mohammad Mahdi
%J Iranian Journal of Management Studies
%@ 2008-7055
%D 2017