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New Book Published from 2010 Kravis-de Roulet Leadership Conference Findings

Posted August 22, 2012 in KLI Research, News

When Near is Far and Far is Near: Distance in Leader-Follower Relationships

In today’s wired world, leaders lead in virtual, global environments that bring many new challenges. The Kravis-de Roulet conference held in 2010 examined the breadth of those changes and what models might be adopted for effective leader-follower relations.

This successful conference brought together some of the most widely read scholars in the field of leadership studies to discuss the latest psychological research on interpersonal leader-follower relations. They not only examined leading when physical distance is involved, but also tackled the impact of interpersonal and social leader-follower relations on organizations, governments, and societies.

The conference findings have just been released in a new book titled “Exploring Distance in Leader-Follower Relationships,” edited by Dr. Michelle Bligh and KLI’s Dr. Ronald Riggio. You can purchase on

This a must-read for leaders and everyone with a professional interest in leadership and how globalization has changed how we perceive and interact with time, space and distance. Some of the findings in the book include:

  • How far can a leader be from his or her followers and retain influence?
  • Does 21st century technology actually shrink the distance between leaders and followers, or just fool us into thinking so?
  • In what ways is the road to leadership still longer for women than for men-and where are the shortcuts?
  • What shrinks or widens the gap between a leader’s actions and how they are perceived?
  • How does leading vast group with many members differ from leading an intimate group?