The Influence of the Leaders’ Selection Method on Team Performance
European Society for Socially Embedded Technologies (EUSSET)
Leadership impacts team performance. More effective leadership at the workplace may improve team performance and, consequently, increase both employees and employers work satisfaction. There is a wide array of studies on effective leadership, but the influence of the way the leader is select on team performance and is not yet clear. We discuss the relationship between the methods used to select the leader and team performance. A study was conducted with a sample of 112 bachelor students working in 17 teams during an 8-week long class project. Team performance was measured by the sub- scale Perceived Team Collaboration of the instrument Team Collaborator Evaluator (TCE) and also by the final project grade given by the instructors. Results show that teams have higher performances when their members unanimously choose the leader. Practical implications for the selection of team leaders are discussed.