Title

The Effects Of Leader Impression Management On Group Perceptions Of Cohesion, Consensus, And Communication

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2003

Keywords

leader impression management, group satisfaction

Abstract

The primary purpose of the current study was to extend previous research by examining actual leaders in a small group setting to empirically assess the efficacy of using leader impression management (LIM) as a predictor of group satisfaction. Specifically, the current study explored LIM as a predictor of group cohesion, consensus, and communication using a sample of 105 undergraduate business students from a midwestern university. Results indicated that the impression management (IM) tactic of exemplification was predictive of group cohesion, feelings regarding group member relationships and decision processes, and feelings regarding group decision outcomes. The IM tactic of ingratiation was positively related to group cohesion. Helplessness was negatively related to feelings regarding group member relationships and decision processes. No IM tactics were predictive of feelings regarding individual effectiveness. Implications for the research findings as they relate to management education and small group research are discussed.

Recommended Citation

Rozell, Elizabeth J., and David E. Gundersen. "The effects of leader impression management on group perceptions of cohesion, consensus, and communication." Small Group Research 34, no. 2 (2003): 197-222.

DOI for the article

10.1177/1046496402250431

Department

Management and Information Technology

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