The article evaluates 48 approaches to leadership for the first time for the period of 1965–2016 using bibliometric methods. Our analysis combines four parameters: the number of publications, citations, self-citations, and dispersion of literature (a new parameter). The question of what is the most influential approach to leadership is addressed. We argue that the interplay among the four attributes observed in this study shows that transformational leadership is the most influential and popular approach to leadership in leadership studies today. However, there is a question of whether the excessive self-citations in this approach to leadership play a role in its augmented visibility.
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- Emerging types
- Leadership approaches
- Leading type
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Social Sciences (all)
- Computer Science Applications
- Library and Information Sciences