Informal (small) groups and nonverbal behavioural analysis for emergence leadership characteristics

Bullee, J.H. (2013) Informal (small) groups and nonverbal behavioural analysis for emergence leadership characteristics.

Abstract:An increasing number of incidents during crowded events over the last 30 years made people more aware of public safety. Visitors of events tend to come in groups of minimally 2 persons and interact with each other. CCTV systems are used to monitor crowds and could be an adequate tool for safety o�cers to manage public safety. For an more e�ective intervention, it is valuable to know beforehand who the leader of a group is. In an observational setting, 32 groups with 4 people each were created. First a series of team building games were used to create the group feeling. Second a task that required interaction with each other. These sessions were used to �nd leadership within the group. All activity is recorded on video. A combination of introspective domi- nance scales, dominance & leadership rankings and observed behaviour are used in the analysis. The expected results show that initiative tak- ing is a predictor for emerging leadership. The observed team member dominance is signi�cantly correlated with initiative taking walking ac- tion. Initiative taking showed no correlations with the introspective dominance questionnaires. In order to predict leadership, introspective dominance scales, from well tested measures are not su�cient. The Team Member Dominance Scale gives an indication for leadership as a measure. Keywords: Dominance, Leadership, Small Group, Informal Group, Initiative Taking
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
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