Leadership Characteristics for Implementation and Sustainability of Quality: an exploratory study and directions for further research

Alessandro Laureani*, Jiju Antony, Mariam Ramadan, Maha Al Dhaheri, Anders Fundin, Lars Sorqvist

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Purpose: This qualitative study explores the concept of organisational leadership in the context of Quality Management deployments across a variety of business organisations, particularly focusing on the possible relationships between leadership approaches during the implementation and sustaining phases of Quality Management.
Design/Methodology/Approach: The study is based on one-to-one semi structured virtual interviews with leaders in the quality field.
Findings: Four themes (Customers, Leadership, Quality Culture, and Sustainability of Quality) emerged from the post-interview data analysis, illustrating the critical role of Leadership in the successful deployment and sustainment of Quality Management, and identifying the leadership traits that are most conducive to successful organisational deployments.
Originality: Although some of these leadership traits are described in the wider
leadership literature as belonging to one or more different leadership styles, there is no existing style of leadership that comprehends all the characteristics; thus, the need for a new leadership paradigm is this paper’s theoretical contribution to the literature.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberTQM-06-2023-0185.R1
Pages (from-to)1-19
Number of pages19
JournalTQM Journal
Early online date8 Sept 2023
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 8 Sept 2023

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