March 23, 2011

Bias in selection of leadership theories

Today  I started my research on the leadership theories. In selection of the appropriate theory for the PMA, I noticed that my selection was a bit biased. The theories that I shortlisted were Deming's leadership from management sciencesand teamwork and framework from psychological theories. I think that as soon as I saw Deming on the list I immediately made a decision to include that because I personally like Deming's ideas and theories and since I've come across Deming's ideas, at the start of the MBE program, I have been very much impressed by them. I chose the teamwork because teamwork has been the norm of the MBE. We have been working in teams throughout the MBE program and I have found working in teams very efficient.

So I have picked the theories which I like the most and with which I am most familiar with. I didn't go deep into the other theories. If I had searched more about all the other theories, maybe my choices would have been different. This is similar to the choices about the decision making tools in the RDM module. Our team chose those tools which we were most familiar with. The rationale for the selection of the tools was that we wanted to use the tools appropriately. If we had chosen some difficult or unfamiliar tools we could have ended up not using them appropriately and that would have an adverse effect on our final decision. The rationale for the leadership theories is quite similar to that. But I think that in the future this is something I need to work on.... get out of my comfort zone and explore the unfamiliar things because they can give more benefit.    

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  1. Very good point you are raising Zain, I also thought about it. As a matter of course you will choose Deming he his the fundament teh course is build up on. Besides can you lead wihout Deming?? And surely teamwork is also a core of teh module. But it is not that we should look beyond this? Isn’t it the out of the box thinking to explore new ways. You already recognised that you should work on it and you should better start straight away. :) Talking for myself, I discovered a lot of great options, which fit in my eyes very good to MBE… So what do you think is an approach to decide unbiased on a leadership theory? Would you like to explore a theory of Drucker for example?

    23 Mar 2011, 23:48

  2. Yes Jan, I think that we have to go beyond the things we are familiar with. To reduce the bias it is important to explore the other theories and see where they fit in the big picture. I have looked at some of them and shortlisted a couple.
    Good to know that you have also found some good options. Good luck with them !!!

    24 Mar 2011, 13:39

  3. JakobVirgil

    my tribute to deming

    28 Mar 2011, 22:32

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