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Relational schemas to investigate the process of leadership emergence

Emery, Cecile, Carnabuci, G. and Brinberg, D. (2011) Relational schemas to investigate the process of leadership emergence In: Academy of Management Meeting, 2011 - ?.

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Abstract

Distancing itself from the traditional focus of leadership research on the behaviors and traits characteristic of “leaders,” the paper argues that leaders emerge out of a process of social construction. Drawing from relational schema theory, it is argued that group members form leadership perceptions that conform to a limited set of shared “hierarchical” relational schemas. Accordingly, whenever the leadership perceptions of an individual do not conform (i.e., they are hierarchically inconsistent) with those of other group members, he/she is induced to reduce such inconsistencies by aligning his/her own leadership perceptions. The paper tests this argument using a multi-method, multi-study approach. Study 1 follows the process of leadership emergence within a newly formed social group, showing how hierarchical relational schemas are reflected in the evolving network of leadership choices within the group. Study 2 uses a vignette experiment to directly test how hierarchical relational schemas affect people’s leadership perceptions.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Conference Paper)
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Surrey Business School
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Emery, Cecilececile.emery@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Carnabuci, G.UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Brinberg, D.UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : January 2011
Identification Number : 10.5465/AMBPP.2011.65869653
Uncontrolled Keywords : Leadership Emergence; Relational Schemas; Social Network Analysis
Additional Information : From the Meeting Abstract Supplement to the January 2011 issue.
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 06 Sep 2017 07:48
Last Modified : 06 Sep 2017 07:48
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/842195

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