Leadership and self-knowledge through a systemic approach: an integrative systematic review

Juliana Lapolli, Edis Mafra Lapolli, Ana Maria Bencciveni Franzoni, Miguel Pina e Cunha

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Tools, approaches and methods of leadership development are plentiful, and form a set of techniques that have evolved over time. The quest for self-knowledge allows the individual to realize that his or her points of view are personal and should not be taken as universal truths. This paper seeks to answer the following research question: ‘How can self-knowledge, adopting a systemic approach, contribute to the development of leaders?’. Therefore, following a systemic approach, this review aims to identify the contribution of self-knowledge to leadership development. In order to achieve this goal, a systematic literature review was carried out. The results showed that organizations have a rather systemic view towards their employees, and acknowledge the importance of self-knowledge for the development of their leaders. However, there is also a lack of systemic thinking in relation to how self-knowledge can be thought and developed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)198-204
JournalBusiness and Management Review
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


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