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Title: Individueel adaptief vermogen in de krijgsmacht
Authors: Hummelink, IP
Keywords: individual adaptability
leadership behaviour
Dutch armed forces
Issue Date: 18-Dec-2014
Publisher: Open Universiteit Nederland
Abstract: The importance of adaptability in (military) organizations is increasingly recognized by managers and scientists. However, the influence of leadership behaviour on the adaptability of team members has not been a subject for research yet. Therefore, this research paper has focused on this specific relation between perceived leadership behaviour and the individual adaptability of team members. The research has been conducted on 278 members from 46 different teams of the Royal Netherlands Army. This research supports the claim that there is a significant relation between perceived leadership behaviour and individual adaptability of team members and more specific pin-points one dimension of leadership behaviour which significantly positively correlates with the individual adaptability of team members. This behavioural dimension of The Leadership Challenge is defined as “enabling others to act” (Posner & Kouzes, 1988). Behavioural aspects that belong to this dimension are: • Foster collaboration by building trust and facilitating relationships: o Setting goals that demand collaboration o Support constant interaction o Look for integrated solutions o Invest in a relationship built on trust • Strengthen others by increasing self-determination and developing competence: o Enable others to lead themselves o Let people be in control of themselves o Give people a great deal of freedom and choice in deciding how to do their job o Ensure that people grow in their jobs by learning new skills and by developing themselves o Challenge people o Support the decisions that people make on their own The scientific relevance of this research is that it can be used to point out more specifically which behavioural aspect of a team leader will influence the adaptability of team members. This was already known for perceived leadership style, but now also for perceived leadership behaviour. The practical relevance of this research is that it offers organizations insight into which leadership behaviour will enhance the adaptability of its team member. This information can be used to select, train and develop current and future leaders.
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