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Leadership and associated power issues lie at the core of group life in a variety of contexts. Even the most informal of groups typically have some form of leadership in their organization, and the understanding of leadership and power from a psychological standpoint can inform a greater understanding of group dynamics both inside and outside of the workplace. Leadership and Power is a synthesis of contributions from eminent social psychologists and organizational scientists that addresses these issues from a fresh perspective. In recent years, these themes have been re-examined through the lens of social categorization approaches that highlight people's social identity and social roles as group members, as well as the processes that influence perceptions of and expectations about people and groups. The book is wide-ranging; chapters cover such diverse issues as: interpersonal versus group-oriented styles of leadership; leadership of totalist groups; political leadership; and gender and leadership. It represents a state-of-the-art overview of this burgeoning field that will be important to a host of disciplines. Elements of cross-referencing to highlight thematic links as well as effective chapter conclusions will make the text appealing to advanced students taking courses in social and organizational psychology, management and organization studies, not just scholars interested in these themes.

Status Characteristics and Leadership
Status characteristics and leadership
Cecilia L.Ridgeway

Leadership is inherently a group rather than individual phenomenon. It is widely understood as the process of social influence through which a group member ‘enlists and mobilizes the aid of others in the attainment of a collective goal’ (Chemers, 2001, p. 376). Thus, rather than the act of an individual, it is an emergent social response to a collective need, a response that develops out of the transactional relationships between a would be leader and others who share the collective goal (Bass, 1990; Chemers, 2001; Hollander, 1985). As I argue here, it is a consequence of the broader processes by which social hierarchies of prestige, influence, and power develop among people when they are oriented toward the ...

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