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ERIC Number: ED264628
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-May-26
Pages: 34
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Interaction Characteristics of Emergent Leadership.
Drecksel, G. Lloyd
Drawing from data generated in more than 100 hours of interaction within 15 leaderless groups, a study investigated the interaction characteristics of emergent leadership--leadership that is earned through face-to-face encounters in a group. Each group was instructed to reach consensus decisions on two tasks, both of which provided the possibility that leadership could emerge and change. Members' self-report data were used to identify leaders, with each member rating every other member on a continuum of status from "clearly a leader" to "clearly a nonleader.""Emergent leader" was operationalized as that group member identified as "clearly a leader" by all members (or all but one) during the final group meeting. Results, coded using the Social Information Processing system, indicated that leader interaction tends to be distinctive from the overall group interaction. Leaders tend to distribute this interaction across a wider variety of dyadic partners, communicative functions, and developmental stages of group history than do nonleaders. Leader interaction appeared to be characterized by structured sequential interaction; however, no specific forms of interaction characterized leader participation. References and nine data tables are appended. (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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