Is Change all in the Mind? A study of Leader Mindfulness, Leader Behaviors and Change Success

Higgs, M J and Rowland, D (2022) Is Change all in the Mind? A study of Leader Mindfulness, Leader Behaviors and Change Success. Journal of General Management. ISSN 0306-3070 (In Press)

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Abstract

Organizations are facing an ever-growing need to implement continuous transformational change. This has led to an increase in interest in change leadership. However, this has not been supported by empirical research and the need for it has been widely recognized. In parallel, an related to, these developments has been a significant growth in interest in the concept of mindfulness and in particular in its relationship to leadership. However, whist there is a lot of evidence of its value in clinical contexts, there is limited organizationally based evidence and a paucity of studies that explore mindfulness and leadership. In spite of this there is an increasing interest in mindful leadership amongst practitioners and a growth in related development programmes on offer.
This paper reports a study that explored the nature of leader mindfulness and change leadership behaviors in the context of implementing organizational change. It was based on interviews with 63 leaders from 56 organizations. Analyses of the data showed clear relationships between leaders’ facilitating and engaging behaviors and leader mindfulness in the context of change.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: accepted for publication in the Journal of General Management
Dates:
DateEvent
21 August 2022Accepted
Uncontrolled Keywords: Change, Change Leadership, Mindfulness, Leader Mindfulness, Change success
Subjects: CAH17 - business and management > CAH17-01 - business and management > CAH17-01-09 - others in business and management
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > Birmingham City Business School > Ctr. Leadership and Management Practice
Depositing User: Malcolm Higgs
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2022 10:57
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2022 10:57
URI: https://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/13702

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