Title: I am who I connect with: the interplay of a group leader's leadership identity, intra-organisational ties, and group outcomes

Authors: Xia Zhao; Kiran M. Ismail

Addresses: Department of Management and Marketing, California State University, Dominguez Hills, 1000 E. Victoria Street, Carson, CA 90747, USA ' Department of Management, St. John's University, 8000 Utopia Parkway, Queens, NY 11439, USA

Abstract: This article conceptually explores the role of intra-organisational ties of group leaders in influencing group outcomes. We use insights from the leadership identity construction theory to bridge the gap between the group leadership literature and the leadership networks literature. We propose that group leaders' leadership identity influences their instrumental ties with their subordinates, other group leaders, and higher-level managers. These networks, in turn, play a significant role in influencing the group's outcomes such as its power and organisational resource access potential that thus affect the group's performance.

Keywords: group leaders; leadership identity; intra-organisational ties; group outcomes.

DOI: 10.1504/AJMSA.2018.091014

Asian Journal of Management Science and Applications, 2018 Vol.3 No.2, pp.117 - 131

Received: 03 Feb 2017
Accepted: 17 Jul 2017

Published online: 06 Apr 2018 *

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