2. What are the major contributions of the article to leadership theory?
Relational theory is fairly new, which leads us to the question of what exactly it is. according to the article the author talks about two kinds of perspectives that are spoken while trying to explain about the relational theory. Entity perspective, the first one is a kind of perspective that focuses on individuals and the attributes that can be identified while they engage to form an interpersonal relationship. The individuals here are thought as entities with a separation in place which is recognized clearly as the internal self and outside environment. Based on this we can come to the conclusion that reality is solely based on higher level management and the orders followed. The second kind of perspective that is spoke in the article is that of the relational perspective. This talks about how the relationship created is based on a social construction of a process which is used to create certain understanding of leaders. It is a process using which social order is both constructed and changed when necessary. Unlike the former perspective, here the internal self and outside environment is taken as different but they are taken as coevolving in certain ways that it has to be accounted for in the research pertained to leadership theory. The article provides us a theory based on both the perspectives put together. Using which a theory is constructed that the relational leadership theory as a framework is a social influence process, through these, emerging conditions are constructed and produced. RLT draws from both to explore more in detail organizing and leadership when it comes to relational dynamics.
3.What is the core theory the article presents?
The core theory that the article presents is that of to RLT ( relational leadership theory ). As explained before it is the study of both the relational dynamics and the relationships itself. This can be seen as leadership in something which is already being organized or also so see it as something in a process of organizing. It sees that leadership can occur in any direction – meaning it does not have to occur hierarchically nor only based on the where the social change process occurs well outside the normal assumptions. The core theory and the definition of the RLT and what it actually is clearly said by the author by stating that it is a social influence process through which evolving social order and change are constructed and produced.
4. How does the article relate to previous research in the field?
As stated before the main purpose of the article by the author was to give a concept using the previous research findings which uses both entity and relational perspective. They were classified based on the article as individual and process.
a. The entity perspective included LMX theory, charismatic relationship, Hollanders relational theory, relation and collective self, triads, LMX-MMX sharing network theory and Rost’s postindustrial leadership.
b. The relational perspective included relational constructionism theories, Sayles, Drath and Murrell’s relational leadership.
Using these previous research the author came to the conclusion of finding a better theory by putting together the perspectives in order and fining differences as well as similarities leading to a compile a new theory called the relational leadership theory.
5.What implications does this theory have for future research?
Individual actions alone cannot help to determine the relational leadership and that it is totally relational. All factors external amd internal must be included to do the same. And come to a better understanding of RLT.
The author talk about exploring into structuring would help qualitative approaches that uncover invisible assumptions that generate social structures.
The author also talks about aesthatics in leadership processes. Using aesthatics or using ones thoughts feelings can serve as a means of connection and serve as a more better form of connection and give mere intel into the RLT as required .
The author also says the relational bonds developed using the perspectives individually or together can serve as an answer to why and how they occur.
6.How does this theory relate to the course material and/or your personal knowledge and experience?
For a basic understanding that I have, I feel relational leadership is one that has to happen between two people or a group in an environment that has to be friendly in terms of to get tot the destination that has to be reached. In my field of marketing for a manufacturing company we always had to have meetings with customers and impress them not only with our product but also with the environment that the talk has to occur in. Going through this article gave me a better understanding if what we used to do and also more intel of the terms used to do the same.
Course material :-
The reading material that was included in the textbook was the tools and processes of project management, cross functional teams with traditional work structures. All these mention and talk about both the entities spoken and also similar explanation of my example or experience. About how it all comes down to the person/ team and creating the appropriate process.
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