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

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leader impression management, group satisfaction


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.

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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.

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Management and Information Technology