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The effect of charisma on leader effectiveness

Hemmink, D. (2016) The effect of charisma on leader effectiveness.

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Abstract:This study aimed to measure the expressions of charisma of the leader on the leader effectiveness. The goal of this study was to examine whether differences in the content of charismatic leadership could explain high vs. low leader effectiveness. The leaders and followers are employed by a large Dutch public-sector organization. During regular staff meetings 20 leaders (n=20) were filmed and their verbal behavior was reliably coded by two independent raters with a detailed behavioral observation scheme. This scheme was based on an extensive literature review on charisma. Expert performance ratings were used to divide the 20 leaders in effective leaders (n=10) and less effective leaders (n=10). The results showed that there is no significant difference in the use of evaluative statements by effective and less effective leaders. However the percentages are stating that effective leaders use more positive evaluative statements in comparison with less effective leaders. Based on the verbal strategies a significant relationship is shown between the use of hedges and effective leaders. In the discussion practical implications and limitations of this study are discussed and suggestions are offered for improving research on charismatic leadership.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Business Administration MSc (60644)
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