Leadership and individual cognitive differences in followers: lessons from a consideration of distributed leadership

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Rose, Dennis Michael and Gordon, Raymond. 2011. "Leadership and individual cognitive differences in followers: lessons from a consideration of distributed leadership." 25th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (ANZAM 2011). Wellington, New Zealand 07 - 09 Dec 2011 Brisbane, Australia.
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Leadership and individual cognitive differences in followers: lessons from a consideration of distributed leadership

Presentation TypePaper
AuthorsRose, Dennis Michael (Author) and Gordon, Raymond (Author)
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of the 25th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (ANZAM 2011)
Year2011
Place of PublicationBrisbane, Australia
Conference/Event25th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (ANZAM 2011)
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Event Details
25th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (ANZAM 2011)
Parent
Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference
Delivery
In person
Event Date
07 to end of 09 Dec 2011
Event Location
Wellington, New Zealand
Abstract

This paper uses the developing research on distributed leadership (DL) as a ‘lens’ for examining leadership paradigms and considers the implications for leadership of age-based cognitive changes (Avolio 2007; Spillane 2006). Shared cognition and emergent leadership are central to DL and tapping employee cognition becomes a key leadership activity. Fluid intelligence is a principal component of cognition (the other main component is crystallised intelligence) and is related to creativity and problem solving. However, fluid intelligence is known to decline with age. Thus, businesses that wish to promote problem solving in novel environments and creativity may have to rethink leadership models that traditionally rely on age-related hierarchical forms of command and control.

Keywordsshared and distributed leadership, followership, leadership and personality, and strategic leadership
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020359999. Other commerce, management, tourism and services not elsewhere classified
Public Notes

Please note that due to a technical error at the publishing web site Dr Dennis Michael Rose was not shown as an author at the conference. However he is the lead author. This paper is not-reportable.
In addition, for the first time in 2011, authors were given the option of 'opting-out' of submitting their full paper for publication in the Proceedings. The abstract of those authors who have chosen this option can be found in the 'Paper Abstracts' section. Full papers appear in the 'Full Papers' section.
We selected the opting out option for publication of the full paper in the proceedings.

Byline AffiliationsSchool of Management and Marketing
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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