Leadership and individual cognitive differences in followers: lessons from a consideration of distributed leadership

Rose, Dennis Michael and Gordon, Raymond (2011) Leadership and individual cognitive differences in followers: lessons from a consideration of distributed leadership. In: ANZAM 2011: The Future of Work and Organisations, 7-9 Dec 2011, Wellington, New Zealand.

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This paper uses the developing research on distributed leadership (DL) as a ‘lens’ for examining leadership paradigms and considers the implications for leadership of age-based cognitive changes (Avolio 2007; Spillane 2006). Shared cognition and emergent leadership are central to DL and tapping employee cognition becomes a key leadership activity. Fluid intelligence is a principal component of cognition (the other main component is crystallised intelligence) and is related to creativity and problem solving. However, fluid intelligence is known to decline with age. Thus, businesses that wish to promote problem solving in novel environments and creativity may have to rethink leadership models that traditionally rely on age-related hierarchical forms of command and control.

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Refereed: No
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Additional Information: Please note that due to a technical error at the publishing web site Dr Dennis Michael Rose was not shown as an author at the conference. However he is the lead author. This paper is not-reportable. In addition, for the first time in 2011, authors were given the option of 'opting-out' of submitting their full paper for publication in the Proceedings. The abstract of those authors who have chosen this option can be found in the 'Paper Abstracts' section. Full papers appear in the 'Full Papers' section. We selected the opting out option for publication of the full paper in the proceedings.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Management and Marketing
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2012 01:19
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2017 01:42
Uncontrolled Keywords: shared and distributed leadership, followership, leadership and personality, and strategic leadership
Fields of Research : 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150399 Business and Management not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/20036

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