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Leadership Behaviors in the Midst of an Organizational Change Initiative: A Case Study
by Wiard, Theodore John, Ed.D., Grand Canyon University, 2018, 441; 10826393
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this qualitative, single case study was to understand leadership behaviors that motivate internal stakeholders to trust a leader’s vision, embrace change, facilitate employee willingness to passionately implement actions needed for an organizational change initiative and willingly sustain a change initiative. A sample of 20 internal stakeholders was studied, five leaders and 15 followers within an organization of 800+ employees, located in the southwestern region of the United States, which is currently undergoing a change initiative. The research questions were based upon Kurt Lewin’s three-step model of change: unfreezing, transitioning, and refreezing. This research asked how leadership behaviors facilitated employee willingness to trust a leader’s vision and embrace change, passionately implement actions needed for a change, and sustain a change initiative, making an implemented initiative the new normal for the organization. Three themes emerged to address the research questions: 1) know your audience and walk your talk; 2) communication, vision, trust, and buy-in; and 3) residual passion and perseverance. Findings suggested that leadership behaviors influence internal stakeholders in relation to a change initiative and that leaders who are hands-on, consistent, and demonstrate a clear vision increased the possibility of gleaning passion and trust to increase the potential for success during an organizational change initiative.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Selke, Mary
Commitee: Hyde, Kelly, Selke, Mary, Zhang Ulyshen, Tianyi
School: Grand Canyon University
Department: Doctoral Studies
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 79/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Behavioral psychology, Organization Theory, Organizational behavior
Keywords: Change management, Leadership behaviors, Lewin, Kurt, Organizational leadership, Organizational passion, Organizational trust
Publication Number: 10826393
ISBN: 978-0-438-07528-3
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