How Leadership Matters: The Effects Of Leaders' Alignment On Strategy Implementation

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Executive Summary

Research has confirmed that leader behavior influences group and organizational behavior, but the authors know less about how senior leaders ensure that group and organizational members implement their decisions. Most organizations have multiple layers of leaders, implying that any single leader does not lead in isolation. They focused on how the consistency of leadership effectiveness across hierarchical levels influenced the implementation of a strategic initiative in a large health care system. They found that it was only when leaders' effectiveness at different levels was considered in the aggregate that significant performance improvement occurred.

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