The relationship between self‐leadership behaviors and organization variables in a self‐managed work team environment

David F. Elloy (School of Business Administration, Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington, USA)

Management Research News

ISSN: 0140-9174

Publication date: 12 September 2008

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine the relationship between self‐leadership behaviors in a self‐managed work team environment and relevant organizational variables, i.e. supervisory trust, decision‐making, feedback and team goal setting.

Design/methodology/approach

Data were collected on‐site over a period of three days from employees working in a non‐union paper mill located in a small rural community in the northwestern region of the USA. The survey was completed by 141 employees, representing a 99 per cent response rate. Self‐leadership, supervisory trust, decision‐making, feedback and team goal setting were measured using different scales.

Findings

The results indicated that supervisors, who give feedback, and who are perceived as trusting, and encouraging innovative behaviors contribute to the development of self‐leadership behaviors of rehearsal, self‐goal setting, self‐criticism, self‐reinforcement, self‐expectation and self‐observation. In addition, providing team training, fostering communication within the team, and allowing the team members to make work related decisions also enhance the movement toward self‐management.

Research limitations/implications

The study relied on self‐report data, thereby allowing for the possibility of same source bias. However this is a common problem with cross‐sectional designs.

Originality/value

The paper is of value in pointing out that a different approach to leadership is required in a self‐managed work team environment, and by suggesting that building trust, fostering communication within the team, giving feedback and encouraging goal setting, innovative behaviors, and decision‐making can contribute to the development of self‐leadership behaviors important to the success and effectiveness of self‐managed work teams. Organizations should therefore through training programs encourage the development of these behaviors.

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Citation

Elloy, D. (2008), "The relationship between self‐leadership behaviors and organization variables in a self‐managed work team environment", Management Research News, Vol. 31 No. 11, pp. 801-810. https://doi.org/10.1108/01409170810913015

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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