This question has been considered in organizational development theory and practice for decades. There are as many opinions as there are people. Some say yes. Others say no. To begin to answer this question, three key concepts must be uniquely defined by every organization.
Since every organization is different, the definition of the concepts can vary. However the following three concepts must be clearly defined:
1. Definition of Leadership - The Benchmark
How does the organization define the role of the leader? What are the benchmark competencies required for the role, as it ideally relates to and aligns with the business strategy? How are those competency requirements prioritized? How are people evaluated against the organizational benchmark?