Leadership, task and relationship: Orpheus, Prometheus and Janus
Cowsill, Rhys and Grint, Keith. (2008) Leadership, task and relationship: Orpheus, Prometheus and Janus. Human Resource Management Journal, Vol.18 (No.2). pp. 188-195. ISSN 0954-5395Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1748-8583.2007.00065.x
The idea that the major division in leadership or management styles is a preference for either task or relationship orientation has long prevailed in the literature. This article proposes an alternative orientation for leaders; that, while in pursuit of achieving the task, the leader is focused either on the needs of superordinates or subordinates, or both. A large-scale evaluation of leadership in the Royal Air Force from the perspective of followers suggests that although there is some surface support for the task/relationship dichotomy, the more important division is threefold: between people who only look upwards to satisfy the demands of their superordinates (Orpheans), those that tend to focus downwards at the demands of their subordinates (Prometheans) and those that try to look both ways (Janusians). The latter appear to have the greatest chance of sustained success at the more senior levels of the organisation.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Warwick Business School > International Centre for Governance & Public Management
Faculty of Social Sciences > Warwick Business School
|Journal or Publication Title:||Human Resource Management Journal|
|Publisher:||Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.|
|Number of Pages:||8|
|Page Range:||pp. 188-195|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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