Influence tactics and leader effectiveness : how effective, contemporary leaders influence subordinates

Sampson, Susan Jane (2012) Influence tactics and leader effectiveness : how effective, contemporary leaders influence subordinates. Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


Defining the difference between successful and mediocre leaders is a quest that has attracted many renowned scholars, drawing vast amounts of research effort. Yet while there are excellent theoretical explanations of what leaders should do: exhibit transformational behaviours, demonstrate authenticity, build productive relationships with followers and so on; there is still a scarcity of empirically-based research advising practicing leaders how to do these things. This study seeks to provide guidance about the fine-grained processes that effective leaders use on a daily basis to undertake the core process of all leadership activity; influencing followers. Using a grounded research approach, this study employs qualitative methods to capture the detail of effective leader behaviour and the micro-level influence processes that leaders use to create effective follower outcomes. Conducted in the health services industry with medical and allied health leaders, the study sought to answer the question: What influence methods might effective, contemporary leaders be using? The study builds on existing influence research, seeking to extend and update the typology of 11 influence tactics originally developed by Yukl and others, and which has been static since the late 1990s. Eight new influence tactics were identified, offering practicing leaders a powerful suite of potential strategies and representing a significant contribution to the field. Further research is recommended to confirm the identified influence constructs and test the generalisability of these findings to broader leader populations in health organisations and other knowledge-based organisations.

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ID Code: 52770
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)
Supervisor: Gudmundsson, Amanda & Thompson, Robert
Keywords: leadership, leader effectiveness, leader influence, influence tactics, leader coaching, constructive feedback, leader modeling, clinical leadership, medical leaders, allied health leaders, Australian health services
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 25 Jul 2012 06:31
Last Modified: 10 Sep 2015 02:13

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