Research was conducted to explore the relationships between leadership, expressed in terms of the criteria of knowledge, skills, abilities, conative style (an individual's willingness to act), and their role or association with the leader selection processes used for cross-functional teams in a variety of industries. The need for research on leader selection criteria has been included in the recommendations of several researchers. A qualitative case method combined with fact-finding survey research provided a design that employed qualitative methodologies to obtain data associated with team leadership. It was designed to provide management with new data and perspectives relating to increased effectiveness in leader selection. To achieve this improvement, a conceptual four lenses framework that provided a balanced perspective of leader candidate was proposed. Qualitative research methods used were in-depth interviews and supplemental survey research which provided additional perspectives on the topic. Research results confirmed the value of the Four Lenses concept and the leader selection model proposed as an effective method to achieve a more balance perspective of a team leader's fit to the requirements of a cross-functional team leadership assignment. It also provided data relating to the effectiveness of using conative assessments in the selection process.
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