Group Dynamics and the Public Sphere

Psychology in the Workplace

How important is leadership?

Leaders are certainly important and a large body of literature shows how leaders can impact absenteeism, morale, turnover, group productivity, decision making, and even company profits. However when considering group performance, the qualities of the leader do not tell the whole story. Sometimes groups are largely autonomous, functioning with very little active leadership. Sometimes external factors, such as organizational structure and culture or larger economic conditions, can constrain a leader’s impact.


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