Based on the Leader-Member Exchange (LMX) Theory of Leadership, whenever there is a team project, there is an in-group and an out-group. These two groups refer to the relationship between the leader and the employees. Employees in the in-group always have more responsibilities and often learn about events/updates earlier than the out-group.
Thinking about this, please do the following:
- As an employee, explain two benefits and two disadvantages of being part of the in-group and the out-group.
- As an employee, how might you work your way into the in-group?
- As a leader, mention two characteristics of employees in the in-group and two characteristics of employees in the out-group.
- Explain why leaders divide employees into an in-group and an out-group.
- Embed course material concepts, principles, and theories (including supporting citations) along with at least two current, scholarly, peer-reviewed journal articles.
- You may find that your discussion of leadership characteristics is easily supported with such current scholarly research, while the information about how your chosen leader exhibits those leadership characteristics is supported by popular research.
- Keep in mind that current scholarly references can be found in the Saudi Digital Library by conducting an advanced search. Current research means published in the last five years.
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