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Team Leader and Follower Proactivity, Related Team-Meeting Behaviors and Team Effectiveness

Strelow, W. (2014) Team Leader and Follower Proactivity, Related Team-Meeting Behaviors and Team Effectiveness.

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Abstract:The following paper examines the link between proactivity, the corresponding leader and follower behavior, and the effect on team effectiveness. The findings are based on video-observed leader and follower behavior at a Dutch large public sector organization, as well as surveys filled in by the video-recorded 14 leaders and 172 followers. The data was analyzed with the software-program SPSS. The results indicate that there are no general behavioral patterns (i.e., aggregates of steering, supporting, or self-defending behavior) correlated with proactivity or team effectiveness. However, more specifically, results indicated that highly proactive leaders informed significantly less than their less proactive counterparts, while they showed more individualized consideration and structuring the conversation. Less proactive followers defend their own position more, disagree more and intellectually stimulate more, while they showed less agreeing and informing. Besides, follower proactivity is significantly positively related to team effectiveness. The added value of this study is that it shows that in practice no conclusions can be drawn from leader and follower proactivity to patterns of team member behaviors or from the behavioral patterns to the effectiveness of a team during team meetings.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:International Business Administration BSc (50952)
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