Introduction to the Special Issue on the Romance of Leadership – In Memory of James R. Meindl

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Behavioral and Organizational Sciences (CGU)

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Organization Development | Psychology | Social and Behavioral Sciences


It was a shock to the community when three years ago James Meindl suddenly passed away. Leadership research lost one of its best scholars. This special issue is dedicated to one of Meindl's most influential research contributions, the Romance of Leadership perspective. First introduced in 1985 by Meindl, Ehrlich, and Dukerich, the Romance of Leadership refers to the tendency to attribute responsibility for company performance to leaders, thereby disregarding other factors that might be of influence.

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© 2007 John Wiley and Sons, Inc.