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Leadership models and theories are tools that help to shape the way we think, manage and run our organisations.

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Leadership models and theories are not in themselves a solution, but a tool to help develop understanding or a common language. Remember these are only tools, an over simplification of a view of reality in a given context. Tools come and go like fashion.

While we list a great many here, please ensure you research any tool or model prior to applying it in your organisation.

As a consultant & change agent I have used many of these leadership and business models to develop clients understanding of basic principles.

Remember they are tools, valuable tools. Only use a model if it appropriate to the situation, any model is only a representation of a concept, reality is always much more complex and involves more dimensions than a simple model can infer, but none the less a great place to start.

All models are equally valid and invalid – for a leadership or business model to be effective we need to understand the context in which it was developed and implemented. Just because a model works in one organisation in one sector does not mean it will work in all organisations in that sector… remember a model is just that… a model.


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The link shown under many of the models will take you to a page which provides more information about the model, its history and its application.

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16 PF sixteen personality factor model

16PF – Sixteen Personality Factor – Cattell

Attitude Competence Model - 4 box model

Attitude – Competence

Business Capability Maturity Model

Capability Maturity Model

Business Excellence Model

Business Excellence Model

Business Funding Model

Business Funding Model

Psychometric test

Attitude and competence

Capability model

EFQM based excellence model

Business finance model

Business expansion growth model

Managing Risk

Business maturity model

Organization Maturity Stages

Business Planning process

Business Planning

Capability maturity model

Capacity Maturity Model

Change arena

The Change Arena

Risk and innovation

Organizational development model

Strategic business planning model

Capacity model

Change management

Change Curve transition curve

Change Curve 1

Change transition curve - loops

Change Curve 2

Change equation beckhard harris

Change Equation

Change madnitude breadth model

Change – Magnitude -v- Breadth

Change management continuum

Change Management Continuum

Managing ChangeKubler Ross

Managing ChangeKubler Ross
Managing Change

Change management model

The chance continuum

change management iceburg

Change Management Iceberg

personal change model, curve transition - 4 box model

Change/ Transition Curve 3

Coaching model - will skill - 4 box model

Coaching – Will – Skill

Complex ambiguity model - 4 box model

Complex Ambiguity

Conceptual model - 4 box model

Conceptual Model

Change management – under the surface

change curve
Skill and capability
coaching model

Dealing with ambiguity

Development model

conceptual model

Conceptual Model


Continuous Improvement Cycle

core quadrants model - 4 box model

Core Quadrants

Creativity cycle

Creativity Cycle

culture presentation model - 4 box model

Culture Presentation
Creativity in Innovation
Organisational Culture

Deming cycle

Deming Cycle

debrief cycle

Debrief Cycle

Developing consulting skills  - 9 box model

Developing Consulting Skills

development cycle ritchie morrison

Development Cycle

development cycle

Development Cycle


consulting model


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development cycle

Development Cycle

dilts logical levels

Dilts Logical Levels

dunn dunn learning model

Dunn Dunn Learning Model

dynamic coaching model - 4 box model

Dynamic Coaching Model

effectivness morale model - 4 box model



NLP model
Coaching framework

Management effectiveness

effort reward model

Effort Reward Model

energy motivation model

Motivation Energy Model

entreprenurs balance model

Entrepreneurial Balance

Firo-b model


Force field analysis

Force Field Analysis



FIRO-B psychometric model

Force field analysis model – Lewin

Goal setting model comfort stretch panic

Goal Setting – Comfort Stretch Goals

GROW coaching model

GROW Coaching Model

GROWing winners

Growing Winners

Growth cycle model

Growth Cycle Model

Guilford learning model

Guilford Learning Model


Coaching Model goal setting model

Coaching Model

NLP model

Business and individual growth

Learning Theory

Hertzberg motivational model

Hertzberg Motivation

Peter Honey Alan Mumford learning styles cycle

Honey Mumford Learning Cycle

Honey and mumford learning cycle

Honey Mumford Learning Styles

Byrds innovation drivers

Byrd’s Innovation Drivers

Byrd Innovation equation creativity risk

Creatrix Innovation Model

Motivation theory

Learning Cycle

Learning cycle

 Innovation Model Coaching

Innovation Model Coaching

innovations paradigm model

Innovation Paradigms

IT services management model

IT Services Management Model

Johari Window

Johari Window

Kirkpatrick training evaluation model

Kirkpatrick Evaluation Model

knowledge transfer model

Knowledge Transfer Model

Innovation Model

Managing Change

Training Evaluation model – ROI – Return on

Innovation and knowledge transfer

Kolb learning cycle

Kolb Learning Styles

Kolb learning theory

Kolb Learning Theory

Kubler Ross change curve

Kubler Ross Transition curve

leadership model - will skill

Leadership Model – Will-Skill

Learning Delivery model

Learning Delivery Model

Learning cycle

Learning cycle

Managing ChangeKubler
ross change model

Leadership models

Learning Delivery

learning model

Learning Model

Management cycle

Management Cycle

managing incidents near misses

Managing Accidents

Managing Multiple Change

managing Risk model

Managing Risk

Learning Model
Management Cycle
Health and safety, risk
and loss control leadership
Managing Change

Risk and Innovation

Maslow hierarchy of needs

Maslow Needs

MBTI model framework

MBTI styles

McGregor theory X theory Y

McGregor Theory X Y

Urgent important time management model

Managing Time

Urgent Important

Noelle neumann spiral silence

Noelle Neumann

Motivation Theory

Psychometric test modelMyers Briggs Type Indicator
Motivational theory

Time management


Normans reaction cycle

Norman’s Reaction Model

Organizational effectivness

Organizational Effectiveness Under Change

Pace of product production model

Product Placement – Change

Performance management system

Performance Management System

Performance model

Management Model

Change reaction model
Managing Change

Product lifecycle
Performance management

Performance Management

personal change model, curve transition

Personal Change/ Transition Curve

personal competence awareness model

Personal Competence Awareness Model

Power influence model

Power Influence Model

Price quality model - 9 box model

Price Quality Model

PRIMO-F organizational development model

PRIMO-F Holistic Review

Managing Change

PRIMO-F SWOT analysis model – culture and
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Project management cycle

Project Management Cycle

Risk Assessment Model

Risk Management / Assessment

Risk assessment model

Risk Management / Assessment

Risk spend effort model

Spend Effort Model

s-curve model


Project Management model

assessment and loss control leadership

Risk, Innovation

Product life cycle

Client sales organization

Client Sales Organization

scenario analysis planning model

Scenario Analysis Planning Model

Schamner change model

Schamner Change Model

Schein culture levels

Schein Culture Levels

Service cycle

Service Cycle

Managing Change
Managing Change  

Service delivery

Service Delivery


Situational Leadership



Stakeholder mapping model - 9 box model

Stakeholder Mapping Model

strategic planning model

Strategic Planning Model


Strategic planning model

Strength attractivness model

Strengths Attractiveness Model

Successful change model

Successful Change Model

Support challenge model

Support Challenge Model

Tannenbaum Schmidt Leadership Model

Tannenbaun Schmidt Leadership Model

Technology Learning Model

Technology Learning Model

Managing Change

Leadership continuum

Training team integration model

Training Team Integration Model

Transactional Analysis TA OK

Transactional Analysis I’m OK you’re OK

Transactional Analysis TA PAC model

Transactional Analysis PAC

Trust risk model

Trust Risk Model

Tuckman Team Development Model

Tuckman Team Development Model

TA.. i’m OK you’re ok

TA… Parent Adult Child model

Team development model

Turner model

Turner Model

U-Curve presentation planning

U-Curve Presentation Planning tool

Management model - Process map RapidBI disgnostic

RapidBI Diagnostic Process Map

RapidBI business growth model

RapidBI Business Growth Model

Ansoff Matrix – product marketing Mix

Presentation planning curve
Managing Change

Marketing and strategy

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Ansoff nine matrix version

Talent Management – nine box grid

Talent Management – nine box grid
– alternate


Lewin Change Model


Marketing and strategy

Talent Management – nine box grid Talent Management – nine box grid

Lewin Change Model


Kotter eight step change Kotter change model The J-Curve The dynamics of flow –
The map of every day experience

Kotter eight step change

Kotter Change Model The J-Curve

The dynamics of flow – Csikszentmihalyi


The map of every day experience

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Leadership Models and Theories


4 Box Models

7 Ps – Booms Bitner

7-S Framework – McKinsey

Accelerated Learning

Acquisition Integration Approaches

ADL Matrix – Little

Ansoff product/market grid

ARIMA – Box and Jenkins

Attributes of Management Excellence – peters

Balanced Scorecard BBS Balanced Business Scorecard – Kaplan Norton

Bases of Social Power – French Raven

Bass Diffusion model – Bass

BCG Matrix



Break-even Point

Business Process Reengineering BPR – Hammer Champy

Capability Maturity Model CMM

Change Approaches – Kotter

Change Behavior – Ajzen

Change Dimensions – Pettigrew Whipp

Change Management Iceberg

Change Model – Beckhard

Change Phases – Kotter

Changing Organization Cultures – Trice Beyer

Clarkson Principles

Competing Values Framework – Quinn

Contingency Theory – Fiedler

Contingency Theory – Vroom

Core Groups – Kleiner

Corporate Reputation – Harris Fombrun

Critical Success Factors

Cultural Dimensions – Hofstede

Cultural Intelligence – Early

Culture Change – Trice Beyer


Culture Levels – Schein

Deming cycle PDSA – Deming

Dimensions of Change – Pettigrew Whipp

Distinctive Capabilities – Kay

Dynamic Regression

EFQM European Foundation Quality Management

Eight Attributes of Management

Emotional Intelligence – Goleman

Enterprise Architecture – Zachman

ERG Theory – Alderfer

Excellence – Peters

Expectancy Theory – Vroom

Exponential Smoothing

Evaluation – Kirk Patrick

Five Disciplines – Senge

Force Field Analysis – Lewin

Fourteen Points of Management – Deming

Framing – Tversky

Game Theory – Nash

Gestalt theory

Group-think – Janis

Growth Phases – Greiner

Hierarchic Organization – Burns

Hierarchy of Needs – Maslow

Human Capital Index HCI

IC-Rating Intellectual Capital

Implementation Management – Krüger

ross change curve

Industry Change – McGahan

Industry Life Cycle

Innovation Adoption Curve – Rogers

Innovation Equation – Byrd

Integrated Quality Management

Just-in-time JIT

Kaizen change philosophy

Kepner-Tregoe Matrix

Leadership Continuum

Leadership Styles – Goleman

Learning Organization

Learning Organization – Senge

Levels of Culture – Schein

Levers of Control – Simons

Management by Objectives MBO

Managing for Value MfV – Insead

Marketing Mix 4P’s 5P’s – McCarthy

Nine box models
9 box models 7 s business model

Organic Organization – Burns

Organizational Change

Organizational Configurations – Mintzberg


Organizational Learning

PAEI management roles

Path-Goal Theory – House

PDSA Deming cycle

Performance Appraisal

Performance categories – Baldrige

Performance Prism

PEST Analysis

PESTLE Analysis

Planned Behavior Theory – Ajzen

Plausibility Theory

Points of Management – Deming

Positioning – Trout

Power Bases – French Raven

PRIMO-F – Morrison

Product Life Cycle

Product/market grid – Ansoff

Reputation Quotient – Harris Fornbrun

Result Oriented Management

Results-Based Leadership – Ulrich

Risk Assessment

Risk Management

Root Cause Analysis


Seven Habits – Covey

Seven Surprises – Porter

Simulation business


Six Change Approaches – Kotter

Six Sigma – GE

Six Thinking Hats – de Bono

Skandia Navigator – Leif Edvinsson

SMART Objectives

Social Intelligence

Stakeholder Management

Strategic Alignment – Venkatraman

Strategic Stakeholder Management

Strategic Thrusts – Wiseman

Strategy Map – Kaplan Norton

STRATPORT – Larreche

SWOT analysis

System Dynamics / Thinking – Forrester

Ten Principles of Reinvention – Osborne

Theory of Constraints – Goldratt

Theory of Planned Behavior – Ajzen

Theory of Reasoned Action – Ajzen Fishbein

Theory X Theory Y – McGregor

Theory Z – Ouchi

Total Quality Leadership – TQL

Total Quality Management – TQM


Two Factor Theory – Hertzberg

– organizational

Value Chain –

Value Disciplines – Treacy

Z-Score – Altman

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Mike Morrison is a consultant and change agent specialising in developing skills in senior people to increase organizational performance.
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