Title

Dialectical Tensions of Small Group Leadership

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2009

Keywords

dialectical tensions, dialectical theory, group leadership, paradox

Abstract

This study examined dialectical tensions faced by leaders of small task-oriented groups. Interviews with 10 male and 13 female group leaders revealed three major categories of internal dialectical tensions: group control by leader/by members, leader's focus on task-related/nontask-related concerns, and leader's focus on group process/outcome. Tensions were nonbinary; for example, task concerns contrasted with three different types of nontask concerns. Future research should investigate the relationship between group leader effectiveness and dialectical tension management, the relative importance of managing specific tensions, and the consistency of group leader/member perspectives.

Recommended Citation

Galanes, Gloria J. "Dialectical tensions of small group leadership." Communication Studies 60, no. 5 (2009): 409-425.

DOI for the article

10.1080/10510970903260228

Department

Communication

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