The Role of Transformational Leadership in Enhancing Team Reflexivity

35 Pages Posted: 10 Dec 2007

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Michaéla Schippers

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Department of Technology and Operations Management

Deanne N. Den Hartog

University of Amsterdam Business School; Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Erasmus School of Economics (ESE); Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM)

Paul L. Koopman

Free University of Amsterdam

D.L. van Knippenberg

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

Date Written: 27 2007, 11

Abstract

Team reflexivity, or the extent to which teams reflect upon and modify their functioning, has been identified as a key factor in the effectiveness of work teams. As yet, however, little is known about the factors that play a role in enhancing team reflexivity, and it is thus important to develop theorizing around the determinants of reflexivity. From an applied perspective, leadership is a very relevant factor. The current study is a first step in the development of such a theory, and addresses this important gap in our understanding of team reflexivity by focusing on the role of leader behavior. We examined the extent to which transformational leadership influences team reflexivity and, in turn, team performance in a field study conducted among 32 intact work teams from nine organizations. Team members rated reflexivity and leadership, while external managers rated team performance. We hypothesized and tested a mediational model proposing that transformational leadership is related to the adoption of a shared vision by the team. This in turn relates to team reflexivity, which leads to higher team performance. Results support this model.

Keywords: transformational leadership, shared vision, team reflexivity, team performance, team learning

JEL Classification: M10, L2, M12, M

Suggested Citation

Schippers, Michaela and Den Hartog, Deanne N. and Koopman, Paul L. and Van Knippenberg, Daan, The Role of Transformational Leadership in Enhancing Team Reflexivity (27 2007, 11). ERIM Report Series Reference No. ERS-2007-080-ORG, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1069326

Michaela Schippers (Contact Author)

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Department of Technology and Operations Management ( email )

RSM Erasmus University
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Deanne N. Den Hartog

University of Amsterdam Business School ( email )

Roetersstraat 18
Amsterdam, 1018WB
Netherlands

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Erasmus School of Economics (ESE) ( email )

P.O. Box 1738
3000 DR Rotterdam, NL 3062 PA
Netherlands

Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM)

P.O. Box 1738
3000 DR Rotterdam
Netherlands

Paul L. Koopman

Free University of Amsterdam ( email )

Amsterdam, ND North Holland
Netherlands

Daan Van Knippenberg

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) ( email )

Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
3000 DR Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland 3062PA
Netherlands

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