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Relational schemas to investigate the process of leadership emergence

Emery, Christian, Carnabuci, Gianluca and Brinberg, David (2011) Relational schemas to investigate the process of leadership emergence. In: Academy of Management Annual Meeting: West Meets East: Enlightening, Balancing, and Transcending, 2011-08-12 - 2011-08-16, San Antonio, United States, USA.

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Distancing itself from the traditional focus of leadership research on the behaviors and traits characteristic of "leaders," the paper argues that leaders emerge out of a process of social construction. Drawing from relational schema theory, it is argued that group members form leadership perceptions that conform to a limited set of shared "hierarchical" relational schemas. Accordingly, whenever the leadership perceptions of an individual do not conform (i.e., they are hierarchically inconsistent) with those of other group members, he/she is induced to reduce such inconsistencies by aligning his/her own leadership perceptions. The paper tests this argument using a multi-method, multi-study approach. Study 1 follows the process of leadership emergence within a newly formed social group, showing how hierarchical relational schemas are reflected in the evolving network of leadership choices within the group. Study 2 uses a vignette experiment to directly test how hierarchical relational schemas affect people's leadership perceptions.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2011 The Authors
Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2012 13:24
Last Modified: 17 May 2024 20:48

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