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The perception of ego in leader-follower dynamics

Scales, Elizabeth (2022) The perception of ego in leader-follower dynamics. Masters thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Leadership, and the multifaced phenomenon as to what constitutes “good leadership” continues to dominate industries and the literary arena (Feser, Mayol and Srinivasan, 2015). The topic of ego within a leadership context, however, is subject to varied and sparse commentary and predominantly resides within the context of psychological studies. Critically, little is discussed on the perception and impact of ego within a leadership setting and the effects this has on leader-follower dynamics.

The purpose of this dissertation therefore is to examine, in-depth, the perception of ego in leader-follower relations with the aim of determining what role and effect ego has on such dynamics. Accordingly, the author has conducted a comprehensive analysis of secondary data and drawn upon empirical evidence within the existing literature. Supplemental to this was the collection of primary data by way of qualitative based semi-structured interviews with seventeen participants from across five separate industries. To that extent, a mono-method inductive approach was opted to critically analyse the primary data set in order to explore participant perspectives and identify any patterns of commonalities or differences from across the industries. The findings from the primary data were then synthesised with the secondary data for the purposes of the author developing matters of relevance pertinent to the subject area and to address and fill the identified research gaps.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > Leadership
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management > Human Resource Management > Leadership
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > Industrial Psychology > Psychology of Leadership
Divisions: School of Business > Master of Business Administration
Depositing User: Clara Chan
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2022 11:06
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2022 11:06

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