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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author Sandilands, Ian
URN etd-07032011-123730
Document Title The knowledge attributes of leaders who get things done
Degree MBA
Department Gordon Institute of Business Science
Advisor Name Title
Mr J Cook Committee Chair
  • knowledge attributes
  • getting things done
  • knowledge acquisition
  • leadership
Date 2010-11-10
Availability unrestricted

The purpose of this qualitative research is to gain a deeper understanding of the knowledge attributes that influence how South African business leaders get things done. Knowledge is described as the social and emotional skills that allow leaders to enact behaviours. Therefore the components of the knowledge necessary for leaders to get things done are based on an understanding of their skills (learned capacity) and their abilities (the natural talents).

The research assessed the relative importance of knowledge and the relationship with personal traits and leadership behaviour through fifteen indepth interviews. Knowledge was seen as relatively less important than personal traits and behaviours although it provides a crucial link between these leadership attributes. The importance of key knowledge attributes, including an awareness of the mechanisms to acquire knowledge, enable emerging leaders to be more effective and achieve sustained results. Therefore, the value of knowledge may be seen as the process of acquiring the body of information, concepts and principles required to lead and get things done.

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Sandilands, IM 2010, The knowledge attributes of leaders who get things done, MBA dissertation, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd < http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-07032011-123730/>


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