The determinants of follower-leader relationship: a cross-national study of follower-leader relationship in Nigeria and The Netherlands

Olaniyi, James Taye (2023). The determinants of follower-leader relationship: a cross-national study of follower-leader relationship in Nigeria and The Netherlands. University of Birmingham. Ph.D.

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While leadership research in recent years has seen a modest but growing recognition of the role of followers in the performance of leadership, the dynamics of the relationship between leaders and their immediate followers (some of whom may also be leaders in their own right), and the ways this relationship may be influenced by sectoral, cultural, and socio-economic factors, remains under-investigated, and this is the gap that the current research seeks to fill. The trend in leadership research is progressively recognising the role of followers in the success or failure of leaders. For organisations to realise their potential, the ability of leaders and followers to work together productively is relevant to the relationship. This study sought to explore and identify the factors which influence follower-leader relationship, this will be done through in-depth narrative interviews with participants from thirteen (13) organisations from two case study countries: Nigeria and the Netherlands. In answering the research questions, the influence of factors such as culture and socio-economic factors on the ability of followers and leaders to build and sustain productive relationships is explored. A grounded theory approach was employed to generate themes which were then used to construct a framework. The developed framework details a thorough, yet practical presentation of how follower-leader relationship is perceived in case study countries using themes. Some of the themes identified from data are power differential, diversity and inclusion, social integration, economic independence among others were related to tight-loose theory to analyse follower-leader relationship.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Ph.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Ph.D.
Licence: All rights reserved
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
School or Department: School of Government and Society, Department of International Development
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)


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