Team Interdependence as a Substitute for Empowering Leadership Contribution to Team Meaningfulness and Performance

Alon Lisak, Raveh Harush, Tamar Icekson, Sharon Harel

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Abstract

This study uses a relational work design perspective to explore substitutes for leadership behaviors that promote team meaningfulness and performance. We propose that team task interdependence, a structural feature facilitating interaction among team members, can be a substitute for the contributions of empowering leadership. Data were collected from 47 R&D and technology implementation teams across three organizations in a cross-sectional field study. The results revealed that high task interdependence attenuated the contributions of empowering leadership concerning team meaningfulness and, indirectly, to team performance. These findings highlight that the importance of leaders as generators of team meaningfulness is contingent on team relational work design.

Original languageEnglish
Article number637822
JournalFrontiers in Psychology
Volume13
DOIs
StatePublished - 11 Feb 2022

Keywords

  • empowering leadership
  • substitute for leadership
  • task interdependence
  • team meaningfulness
  • team performance

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