The contextual perspective of leader sensegiving : understanding the role of organizational leadership systems

Neyer, A-K and Moslein, K. and McKiernan, P. (2013) The contextual perspective of leader sensegiving : understanding the role of organizational leadership systems. In: ANZAM Annual Conference 2013, 2013-12-04 - 2013-12-06, University of Tasmania.

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    Abstract

    Drawing on a longitudinal, multi-source exploratory study we investigate organizational leadership systems associated with sensegiving. We identified four elements of leadership systems: day-to-day interactive process, leadership metrics, leadership deployment and leadership development. Integrating these analyses across 37 multinational corporations, we show that the leadership system landscape is complex and ambiguous and, therefore, a trigger for leader sensegiving. Given the bounded rationality of individuals a complex and ambiguous leadership surrounding requires leaders to engage in sensegiving rather than in other influencing strategies.