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Promoting information sharing within teams through leadership style and body orientation

BUSCH, J. (2017) Promoting information sharing within teams through leadership style and body orientation.

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Abstract:This research investigates the relationship between body oriented non-verbal behaviors and transformational and transactional leadership style and how these leadership styles predict the level of team information sharing. To this end, we used a combination of both video based observations as well as surveys from leaders and followers. The sample for this research consisted of 20 leaders and 210 followers, who were filmed during regular held staff meeting at a big large public-sector organization. It was found that , leaders that were rated effective by experts seem to lean forward more than leader with a low effectiveness rating by experts. In addition four of the five dimensions of transformational leadership style predicted the level of team information sharing. Subsequently, the construct; contingent reward, which is one of the two dimensions of transactional leadership showed a positive significant relationship with the level of team information sharing. Lastly, none of the non-verbal behaviors had any association with the dimensions of leadership styles. These results show that further research into this topic is needed the level of information sharing within teams is important for organizations. Future research could focus itself on creating an experimental setting around the variables and relationships proposed in this research. If this experimental setting leads to a significant outcome as well, this could have big practical implications for future management training as information sharing is an important part of gaining a competitive advantage.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general, 85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:International Business Administration BSc (50952)
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