Examinations of leader effect behavior within successful Fortune 100 companies

by Russell, Kenneth E., Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2006, 101 pages; 3237802


This study explored the impact successful leaders have on their organizations. It also detailed results of assessments of leader behavior gathered from surveys, questionnaires, and other sample data. What a leader does, and how he or she does it is of great importance when examining the leader effect. Conversely, what a leader does not do can have a great impact as well. In either case, a leader's actions can help or hinder an organization. The study examined more traditional leadership research that has concentrated on the leader's influence on followers. Followers may be motivated to do more than expected because of their feelings of trust, admiration, loyalty, and respect for the leader. This motivation occurs when a leader influences followers to become more aware of the importance of their tasks and the value of their outcomes. In addition, a leader may purposefully provide an environment designed to inspire and motivate followers to overcome obstacles and help them transcend beyond their own self-interests to understand and work toward the needs of the organization. How a leader is perceived by his or her followers is a key component of understanding the leader effect. Whether leveraging situational leadership opportunities with key followers, providing team building exercises for mid-management groups, or merely modeling preferred behavior, the most enduring and resilient indicators as to whether or not an individual is an effective leader is the extent which he or she is perceived as such by members of the organization and other stakeholders. Although this benign perception does not in itself assure success, it does impact the effect a leader has on an organization. This, combined with quantitative data collected regarding a company's performance has yielded new information about the characteristics of successful executives and the leader effect as well as provided new areas for research.

AdviserKim Spoor
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsManagement; Adult education; School counseling
Publication Number3237802

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