Op dinsdag 11 december aanstaande presenteert Dr. Linda Greer in de colloquiareeks 2012 – 2013 van het Expertisecentrum. Linda Greer is verbonden aan de – Erasmus Universiteit. U bent van harte welkom om het colloquium bij te wonen. Het colloquium start om 15:30 (Zerniketerrein Groningen). Voor meer informatie en de exacte lokatie neemt u contact op met het secretariaat van de vakgroep Human Resource Management.
Leaders Gone Wild: Effects of Leader Unpredictability and Follower Self-Interest on Intrateam Power Struggles and Performance
Unpredictable leaders may provide an intimidating face to their group’s opponents. However, within their own group, unpredictable leaders may create an uncertain and threatening internal team environment, which can instigate intrateam power struggles and harm individual and team performance. This is especially likely when individuals have a high level of self-interest, such as in situations of individual rewards or low task interdependence. In such situations, a focus on self-interest may encourage individuals under conditions of fear and uncertainty to turn on one another. In a first laboratory study, we find support for this notion that leader unpredictability causes followers to engage in intrateam power struggle behaviors, especially when rewards are individual- rather than group-based. These power struggles in turn impede individual performance. In a second field study of 245 bank branch offices, we find that the offices of more unpredictable leaders have higher internal power struggles, especially when task interdependence is low. Power struggles in turn negatively relate to team financial performance.