Social networks and leadership emergence

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Proceedings of the 15th European Conference on Management, Leadership and Governance, ECMLG 2019


© 15th European Conference on Management, Leadership and Governance, ECMLG 2019. All rights reserved. Social hierarchy, a fundamental feature of social relations, has two functions that are especially important for teams that lack formal hierarchy: coordination and motivation. I argue that individual structural positions in various social networks serve as the basis of the social hierarchy, which then affects the claiming and granting of leadership identity. Specifically, I explored the effects of status and power (1) on leadership emergence and (2) on leadership behaviors. To examine the proposed relationships, I collected two sets of data, one from a sample of project teams in a consulting company in South Korea and one from a sample of MBA student teams at a large mid-western university in the United States. Results show that status and power have different impacts on leadership behaviors and leadership emergence. Across 2 studies, status show more significant effect on both leadership emergence and leadership behaviors.

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Jin Park, Zayed University