Leadership Is A Process Of Social Influence

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Leadership is a highly sought for attribute in the coperate world and a largely accepted definition of leadership is “a process of social influence through within an individual enlist and mobilises the aid of others in the attainment of a collective goal” (Chemers, 2001). Interpreted, leadership is a process in which leaders gain influence from their peers, through different forms of promotions in an organisation or when they exercise power over attitudes, behaviours and destiny of members of a group they are in (Hogg, 2001). Over the past few decades, studies on leadership have shifted from one end to another end of the psychological spectrum with only little to moderate success. Researchers of the past however often forget that leaders are also in fact a part of the group that they are in (van Knippenberg & Hogg, 2003). Tajfel (1972) proposed an idea of social identity, in which individuals have a belief that he or she belongs to a particular group due to significant emotion and values that they attach to a group. Individuals define themselves not only through their own personal attributes but also through collective attributes with the group they share social identity with whilst at the same time socially comparing to group established outside their own group (Turner et al., 1994). The idea of self – categorisation comes into play as a cognitive dimension to social identity. Social-categories are cognitive groupings of an individual and that individual is in some way…
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