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Developing a measure for “connectorship” as a component of engaged leadership

Ali Dastmalchian (Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria, Victoria, Canada)
Darcy Rezac (Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria, Victoria, Canada)
Daniel F. Muzyka (Sauder School of Business University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, AND Conference Board of Canada, Ottawa, Canada)
Secil Bayraktar (Faculty of Business, Ozyegin University, Istanbul, Turkey)
Claudia Steinke (Faculties of Management and Health Sciences, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Canada)
H. Pinar Imer (Department of Business Administration, Kadir Has University, Istanbul, Turkey)

Leadership & Organization Development Journal

ISSN: 0143-7739

Article publication date: 3 May 2016

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to report the findings of a mixed methods study that explored how active community engaged and connected managers were in their local and broader communities (engaged leadership, EL). The paper specifically investigates an under researched aspect of EL – “connectorship” – with focus on developing a measure for connectorship. The authors present the conceptual framework for EL, followed by the operationalization of “connectorship” construct.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper focusses on developing a measure for connectorship using data from a qualitative study of 18 senior managers followed by a survey of 458 managers in Canada.

Findings

Content analyses of qualitative data led to the generation of 93 items measuring connectorship. Based on these items, quantitative analyses of survey data from 453 respondents yielded a final measure of connectorship, which consisted of 28 items explored under eight dimensions.

Research limitations/implications

An organization’s emphasis on connectedness and engagement of leaders will improve knowledge sharing and better mutual understanding of organizational issues among managers. It will also help attain employment stability and decrease hiring and related costs by reducing turnover. Future research, specifically longitudinal studies of leaders at various organizational levels, could incorporate connectorship as a key criterion for leadership effectiveness.

Practical implications

The focus on connectorship skills implies that in organizations the emphasis should go beyond traditional leadership skills development and included the neglected connectorship skills development. Increased connectedness and engagement among leaders will have positive performance implications.

Social implications

For effective corporate citizenship, the EL framework and a focus on connectorship would help leaders better understand the importance of social networks, be aware of their own network, and improve their skills in connecting the people within their networks.

Originality/value

Using a variable centered approach within the framework of EL the paper contributes to leadership literature by conceptually defining connectorship developing a measure for this construct and testing its psychometric properties.

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Acknowledgements

A special thank you to Perry Atwal for his contributions to this work. Financial support for this project was provided by the Rix Centre at Vancouver Board of Trade.

Citation

Dastmalchian, A., Rezac, D., Muzyka, D.F., Bayraktar, S., Steinke, C. and Imer, H.P. (2016), "Developing a measure for “connectorship” as a component of engaged leadership", Leadership & Organization Development Journal, Vol. 37 No. 3, pp. 403-427. https://doi.org/10.1108/LODJ-07-2014-0135

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