Leader-follower dynamics: A research synthesis case study of a megachurch

by Smalls, Jackie E., Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2012, 176 pages; 3498090

Abstract:

This case study examined leader-follower dynamics of a megachurch as it pertained to organizational relationships and the air of mutual respect, trust, and obligation among leaders and their followers from the leaders' perspective. The survey/interview questions herein recounted the Leader-Member Exchange Theory as it pertained to organizational relationships. The study examined leader-follower contributions to evolving relationships; the Christian faith factor and how it provides leaders of the organization the potential advantage or disadvantage over dutiful followers solely based upon religious beliefs, and determined the external or internal factors that create environments that pacify favorable and unfavorable relationships, ultimately to provide solutions towards change or reform. The study revealed that it is first the operation of obligation, which corresponds to commitment and/or devotion, then trust, and finally, mutual respect combined with active and engaging communication that develop relationships that make membership increase each year. Furthermore, the relationship values between the leaders and the followers of the organization are of mutual respect and correlation or mutual dependence. The followers respect their leaders by their example and because they could relate to their leaders. Additionally, the leaders respect their followers by their commitment and because they depend upon each member or follower in order for the organization to continue to succeed and increase in membership.

AdviserCalvin Lathan
SchoolCAPELLA UNIVERSITY
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsReligion; Management; Organization theory; Organizational behavior
Publication Number3498090

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