Leadership roles tailored to peer leaders in organisations
The roles used in the first research project were based on the four peer leadership roles in sport teams. Although we found positive evidence for the importance of these leadership roles in organisations, the specificity of an organisation makes it likely that important organisation-specific roles are still missing.
Therefore, we adopted the functional leadership theory in this project to identify a set of organisation-specific leadership roles bottom-up. More specifically, this research project entailed three studies:
Below, you can find the peer leadership roles along with their definitions. These definitions provide clarity on the content of the expected peer leadership behaviours. You can also find an alternate naming option without the word "leader".
Note: We’ve chosen for a maximal differentiation between the leadership roles to enable us to study the impact of each specific leadership behaviour in study 3. Follow-up research should indicate if different leadership roles are consistently occupied by a single person and can therefore be merged into one overarching leadership role.
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The full scientific articles are still under review. As soon as these articles are published, the references below will link to the full article.
Edelmann, C.M., Boen, F., Stouten, J., Vande Broek, G., & Fransen, K. Identifying Leadership Roles of Formal and Peer Leaders in Organisational Teams: A Comprehensive Analysis Based on Qualitative Interviews and Focus Groups. Currently under review.
Edelmann, C. M., Boen, F., Stouten, J., Vande Broek, G., & Fransen, K. The Power of Peer Leaders: An Analysis of the Relation Between Peer Leadership Behaviours and Key Organisational Outcomes. Currently under review.