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

A-K Neyer, K. Moslein, P. McKiernan

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    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.

    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages18
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013
    EventANZAM Annual Conference 2013: Managing on the Edge - University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia
    Duration: 4 Dec 20136 Dec 2013


    ConferenceANZAM Annual Conference 2013


    • leadership system
    • sensegiving
    • organizational leadership

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