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Indirect leadership: A quantitative test of a qualitatively developed model
Swedish National Defence College, Department of Leadership and Management (ILM).ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8274-6065
Swedish National Defence College, Department of Leadership and Management (ILM).
Swedish National Defence College, Department of Leadership and Management (ILM).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8422-8840
Swedish National Defence College, Department of Leadership and Management (ILM).
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2007 (English)In: Leadership & Organization Development Journal, ISSN 0143-7739, E-ISSN 1472-5347, Vol. 28, no 8, p. 771-778Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore the applicability of a previously developed model of indirect leadership (qualitative Grounded Theory case study) in a broader military context.

Design/methodology/approach – The model was operationalised to specific questionnaires for high-level managers, middle-level managers, and lower-level employees. Data were obtained from 147 Norwegian and 134 Swedish military officers, representing all three levels, and serving in the Army and Air Force respectively.

Findings – The theoretical model of indirect leadership was partly supported. Higher importance was attributed to image-oriented top-down influence, rather than to action-oriented influence via directly subordinate commanders, which may be understood using developmental, transformational, and authentic leadership formulations. Meaningful patterns of subgroup differences were obtained.

Research limitations/implications – Indirect leadership is complex and bottom-up influences were not taken into account, not all aspects of the top-down influence process were covered, only military contexts were studied, and no meaningful analysis of possible gender-related differences was possible in this male-dominated context.

Practical implications – The obtained support of the theoretical model legitimises its use as a tool in higher military management education and coaching.

Originality/value – The measurement tools of indirect leadership and the quantitatively based support of a Grounded Theory model with a how-focus on indirect leadership.

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2007. Vol. 28, no 8, p. 771-778
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-3037DOI: 10.1108/01437730710835489OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-3037DiVA, id: diva2:578577
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