The purpose of this study was to understand more deeply the process and nature of interpersonal connections among leaders in the workplace. Specifically, this study was guided by the primary inquiry question, “How do leaders experience interpersonal connections in the workplace?” A total of 20 leaders ranging from entry to executive levels were studied. This study employed the qualitative method of constructivist grounded theory. The objective of grounded theory is to generate, inductively, a theory about basic social and psychological processes. As a researcher, employing the constructivist grounded theory methodology provided me the opportunity to inquire into the experiences of interpersonal connections of leaders in the workplace. As a result of the inquiry, I generated a theory that provided more information about how leaders behaved in and the depth of their interpersonal connection experiences. The significance of this study is that it furthers relational leadership discourse and provides more awareness about how leaders connect and behave in their experiences of interpersonal connections. The study also sheds light on interpersonal connections outside the workplace.
|Commitee:||Crowe, Dan, Heinrich, Judy|
|School:||California Institute of Integral Studies|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||DAI-A 77/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Connection, Grounded theory, Human-animal interactions, Leaders, Leadership, Relational leadership|
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