Do we want a fighter? The influence of group status and the stability of intergroup relations on leader prototypicality and endorsement

Gleibs, Ilka H. and Haslam, S. Alexander (2016) Do we want a fighter? The influence of group status and the stability of intergroup relations on leader prototypicality and endorsement. Leadership Quarterly, 27 4: 557-573. doi:10.1016/j.leaqua.2015.12.001


Author Gleibs, Ilka H.
Haslam, S. Alexander
Title Do we want a fighter? The influence of group status and the stability of intergroup relations on leader prototypicality and endorsement
Journal name Leadership Quarterly   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1048-9843
1873-3409
Publication date 2016-08-01
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.leaqua.2015.12.001
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 27
Issue 4
Start page 557
End page 573
Total pages 17
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon Press
Language eng
Subject 1403 Business and International Management
3202 Applied Psychology
3312 Sociology and Political Science
1407 Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
Abstract Based on the idea that leadership is a group process, we propose that followers' endorsement of a leader depends on particular leadership strategies being perceived to be best suited for maintaining or advancing group identity in the context of prevailing intergroup relations. Three experimental studies with different samples aimed to examine how socio-structural variables that define intergroup relations impact on leader–follower relations and on the support that followers give to leaders who adopt different approaches to manage intergroup relations. We demonstrate that after manipulating the status and the stability of intergroup relations followers endorse leaders who strategically engage in group-oriented behaviour that maps onto optimal identity-management strategies. These patterns mirrored differences across contexts in the perceived prototypicality. We conclude that intergroup relations influence leaders' strategic behaviour and followers' reaction to them. Findings highlight the importance of understanding leadership as both a within- and between-group process.
Keyword Leadership support
Identity
Prototypicality
Intergroup relations
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Grant ID RES-062-23-0135
Institutional Status UQ

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