On becoming an informal leader: Who is more likely to be recognised as an informal leader? | The Oxford Review

On becoming an informal leader: Who is more likely to be recognised as an informal leader?

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Keywords: Leadership, informal leadership, political will, political skill

Informal leadership has been a growing topic of research in recent years, particularly in the light of the growth of more informal organisational structures. This year alone (2017) there have been almost 28,000 peer-reviewed papers published looking at informal leadership.

One of the core questions that researchers focused on is how informal leaders become identified and recognised in organisations. Additionally, there is a question about the impact informal leaders have on people’s thinking, behaviour and effectiveness.

This study conducted by a team of researchers from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany, The State University of New York, Buffalo, The University of Southern Mississippi, and Florida State University

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