Lending a hand to improving organizational leadership : how knowledge about hand gestures can support effective leaders

Engel, L. (2016) Lending a hand to improving organizational leadership : how knowledge about hand gestures can support effective leaders.

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Abstract:The crucial link between nonverbal cues and effective leadership is widely explored in academic literature, yet largely neglects the close examination of gesture behavior within it. Consequently, this literature review seeks to capture what is known about hand and arm movements thereby indicating its relevance for closer examinations in organizational leadership. The review captures 45 relevant sources from communication and leadership research and provides clearly outlined suggestions for future research. The findings contribute to existing academic literature by providing a first sketch of a direct link between different gesture types and increased effective leadership. The results provided insights for the assumption that a higher rate of gestures can be positively related to effective leadership. Furthermore, haptics and deictic gestures appear to also affect enhanced leadership, whereas self-adaptors are indicated to be adversely attributed to effective leaders.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:International Business Administration BSc (50952)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/70156
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