- New Horizons in Leadership Studies series
Edited by George R. Goethals and Georgia L.J. Sorenson
Chapter 5: Leader–Follower Relations: Group Dynamics and the Role of Leadership
5. Leader–follower relations: group dynamics and the role of leadership Crystal L. Hoyt, George R. Goethals and Ronald E. Riggio ‘Man is by nature a social animal.’ – Aristotle Tom Wren’s chapter detailing the deliberations of the general theory group quotes Burns as suggesting that one way of moving toward an integrated theory of leadership would be to examine the key ‘elements’ of leadership: power, motivation, leader–follower relations, context, and values (p. 17). Although the group has varied in its belief about the utility of concentrating on these elements, at our final joint meeting in May, 2004 we agreed that we needed to have chap ters addressing power and leader–follower relations. Thus the previous chapter on power by Michael Harvey and the present chapter are included. Of course the story of Professor Burns’s interest in the dynamics of leader– follower relations, and the closely related topic of human motivation, goes back much further than the initiation of the general theory project. It can be traced to his earliest thinking about leadership more than 30 years ago and his insight that understanding psychology was essential to understanding leadership. In his 2003 book Transforming Leadership: A New Pursuit of Happiness Professor Burns describes the action stemming from this insight. He went to talk to a colleague in the Williams College psychology department who was interested in leadership – Al Goethals, one of the authors of this chapter (Burns, 2003, p. 9). After their conversation Burns delved into the psychology of motivation...
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