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The role of team leadership in Portuguese child protection teams

Graca, A. M. and Passos, A. M. (2012) The role of team leadership in Portuguese child protection teams. Leadership, 8 (2). pp. 125-143. ISSN 1742-7150

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1177/1742715011434108


The majority of team leadership studies have ignored the specific context in which that leadership takes place and the cyclical correlation of inputs and processes on ongoing performance. It is our contention that leadership is a mediator of team processes and team effectiveness on ongoing functioning of multidisciplinary teams (MDT). The members of 126 multidisciplinary teams responded to a survey on several aspects related to the functioning and leadership of their teams. The results support the hypothesis that leadership does mediate the relationship between reflexivity and effectiveness (i.e. team management performance, boundary spanning and satisfaction) within the team. Theoretically, these findings challenge those of linear models that typically analyse the impact of leadership as something that happens in isolation. Future research should describe and consider not just the team type and tasks but also investigate the roles that context and time play in team leadership.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Henley Business School > Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
ID Code:36866

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