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An Analysis of Implicit Leadership Theories and Explicit Behavior Within Religious Organizations

Zigan, Krystin, Heliot, YingFei and Le Grys, Alan (2019) An Analysis of Implicit Leadership Theories and Explicit Behavior Within Religious Organizations In: 79th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management - AOM 2019 - Understanding the Inclusive Organization, 09-13 Aug 2019, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

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This paper explores the relationship between leaders and followers by investigating the level of congruence between the implicit leadership theories of leaders and followers, and the actual behavior of leaders across three hierarchical levels. By investigating religious organizations, we are able to identify contextual factors, which have not been explored in much detail. Applying a qualitative case study method, we conducted 34 semi-structured interviews in the Church of England and found gaps between perceived and actual leadership behavior which we explain by analyzing institutional, organizational (e.g., vacuums in leadership) and individual factors. We contribute to the literature of implicit leadership theory by identifying leadership attributes such as the ability to help others to flourish to be highly relevant in explaining the relationship between leaders and followers in a religious setting. Our research has substantial research and practical implications for the recruitment and training of Church leaders and followers.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Conference Abstract)
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Surrey Business School
Authors :
Zigan, Krystin
Le Grys, Alan
Date : 1 August 2019
DOI : 10.5465/AMBPP.2019.15422abstract
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Date Deposited : 18 Sep 2019 08:49
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