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Patterns of leadership and perceived distribution of influence

E. A. Coster
South African Journal of Business Management | Vol 19, No 2 | a972 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajbm.v19i2.972 | © 2018 E. A. Coster | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 19 October 2018 | Published: 30 June 1988

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E. A. Coster, Department of Industrial Psychology, University of South Africa, South Africa

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Abstract

This study investigates the relationship between the perceived distribution of influence and leadership. Research suggests that the distribution of a specific type of influence may be associated with a particular hierarchical level. The results of the present study indicate that differences in the perception of influence exist. Further analysis of the relationship between the hierarchical levels and influence domains showed that the top echelons perceive themselves to have the most influence over all the domains of influence. The results indicate that other variables need to be included to determine the association between leadership and the distribution of influence.

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