Sa-OR-S106-4 - Understanding Leadership In Extreme Work Environments: The Role Of Team Member's Perception And Evaluations.

Track:
Teamwork in extreme environments
What:
Oral Presentation
Part of:
When:
15 minutes
Where:
Elan Theatre
Discussion:
0
 
Teams and workgroups
Teamwork in extreme environments
Sa-OR-S106-4
Understanding leadership in extreme work environments: The role of team member’s perception and evaluations.
F. Rosing 1,*
1Universität Koblenz-Landau, Koblenz, Germany
 
Content:  
Purpose
In the recent decade, societies are confronted with increasing environmental and extremist threats. Civilian and governmental agencies like fire services, police departments or military services operate within these extreme work environments provide security for the public. In this dangerous work environment, leaders play a vital role and leader’s ability to develop team performance is potentially one of the most important research issues. However, current knowledge is limited in providing insights about leadership behavior in this field. To advance the literature, the major purpose of this study was to (1) examine team member’s perception and evaluations of leadership behaviors in extreme vs. traditional work environments and (2) determine if context dependent perception and evaluation affect trust in leadership and team performance.
 
Design/Methodology
 We conducted a mixed-method study including in-depth interviews and a vignette study.
 
Results
 Results indicate that the context of extreme work environments have an impact on perception and evaluation of leadership behavior and, in turn, affect trust in leadership and team performance.
 
Limitations
 Applicability to general population may be limited and will be discussed.
 
Research/Practical Implications
 Our study findings are insightful for civilian and governmental agencies as well as for a large population working in these environments.
 
Originality/Value
 The study is the first to examine team member’s perception and evaluation of leadership behavior in extreme vs. traditional work environments and it enables paths to leader trust and team performance in extreme work environments.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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