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Chapter 10

Chapter objectives: Providing Leadership in Groups

In this chapter, you will learn to do the following:

  • Identify the task, relational, and technical competencies that contribute to your potential as a leader
  • Fulfill some of your group's leadership functions
  • Explain why group situations require different leadership styles
  • Match leadership styles with task concerns, relational concerns,and readiness levels of group members
  • Develop the qualities needed to be a transformational leader

Online quiz

  1. When a leader is said to be emergent, it means:
      a. that a natural leader slowly emerges over time.
      b. that this leader is more effective with task competencies than relational ones.
      c. that a member of the group is both willing and able to take responsibility for leading the group.
      d. that leadership will be effective.
      e. this group member has taken an inactive role in the group.
  2. Which of the following is not a task competency that is required of leaders?
      a. Analyze problems.
      b. Establish operating procedures.
      c. Generate criteria for solutions or actions under consideration.
      d. Select the best solution or activity.
      e. All of the above are task competencies.
  3. Which of the following is not true about elected leaders?
      a. With elected leaders, members tend to be more vested in following the leader.
      b. Elected leaders face higher expectations for success than appointed ones.
      c. Leaders that are elected after a process of allowing leaders to emerge and to be tested are usually in the position to get things accomplished.
      d. When things are going poorly, members tend to blame those in the group that elected the leader.
      e. Elected leaders tend to feel a greater sense of responsibility.
  4. An effective way to select the leadership style of the group is for the leader to:
      a. lead in a way that is comfortable to him and prompting the rest of the group to follow.
      b. select a style and maintain it for the life of the group so the members will perceive the leader as being consistent.
      c. reflect on how other groups have been led.
      d. choose the appropriate style by examining the complexity and newness of the task and assessing the readiness level of group members.
      e. None of these.
  5. Three types of leadership behavior have been identified. They are:
      a. procedural behavior.
      b. analytical or task behavior.
      c. social or relational behavior.
      d. All of the above.
      e. None of the above.
  6. Leadership is:
      a. A process where the leader uses noncoercive influence to direct and coordinate the activities of the member of a group toward the accomplishment of their goals.
      b. A property of the leader, or the set of qualities or characteristics attributed to the person by group members.
      c. An office that is always formally chosen by group members.
      d. a and b.
      e. None of the above.
  7. Which leadership style relies on friendly persuasion and is marked by high task, high relationship?
      a. Telling.
      b. Selling.
      c. Participating.
      d. Delegating.
      e. None of these.
  8. The communication competency approach to leadership:
      a. deals with a leader's perceptions of group members' communication abilities.
      b. can help determine which types of competencies leaders need.
      c. asserts a leader must allow group members to take active steps to reduce ambiguity and manage the complexity faced by the group.
      d. asserts group members need to take passive steps to reduce ambiguity and manage the complexity faced by the group.
      e. None of the above.
  9. The Situational Leadership( model describes differences in leaders based on:
      a. the leader being elected or appointed.
      b. the type of task the group must accomplish.
      c. the style preferred in the organization in which the group is embedded.
      d. All of the above.
      e. None of the above.
  10. A transformational leader inspires group members:
      a. by using a telling style of leadership.
      b. after being elected by the group.
      c. by using communication to build a vision with which members can identify.
      d. using reward power.
      e. remaining silent and letting them assume leadership responsibilities.
  11. Regarding leadership, men:
      a. are always more likely to emerge as leaders.
      b. differ only slightly from women in their leadership behavior.
      c. are more likely to adopt a democratic or participative style of leadership.
      d. are not expected to emerge as leaders of mixed-sex groups.
      e. None of the above.
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