What is it about?
Character is considered a precursor of trust; and trust is seen as foundational to effective leadership. Citizens want to invest their trust in leaders to guide them forward, especially in times of crisis, which often involve uncertainty, ambiguity, and anxiety. We tested this set of assumptions during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic using a newly developed character framework to assess the leadership of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
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Why is it important?
What makes our research unique is that character is an under-researched attribute of leadership and yet, as our results suggest, character contributes to perceptions of trust and leadership effectiveness. The framework we used clarifies the construct of character by explicating the positive behaviors associated with character.
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This page is a summary of: Trust as a mediator of the relationship between character and perceptions of leader effectiveness during the COVID-19 crisis., Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science/Revue canadienne des sciences du comportement, July 2021, American Psychological Association (APA), DOI: 10.1037/cbs0000214.
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Institute for Character in Leadership
Since the inception of the Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership in September 2010, we have been at the centre of leadership thought, inquiry and education into what makes a better leader. Beginning with our multi-disciplinary examination of the leadership failures and successes relating to the global financial crisis of 2008-2009, we have made research, teaching and outreach on leader character our distinct differentiator in the vast leadership space.
Leader Character Framework
Developed by Mary Crossan, Gerard Seijts and Jeffrey Gandz, the leader character framework is the foundation upon which the Institute's research, teaching and outreach is built.
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