The purpose of this qualitative case study was to explore how the leadership team, staff, and volunteers perceive innovative work behaviors and the exchange process of the members of the leadership team of a small nonprofit organization in Southern Arizona. The sample included a board president, four board members, and the executive director as well as three staff members and four volunteers of a small youth education NPO in Southern Arizona. Sources of data included a demographic questionnaire, interviews, focus groups, observations of participants, and review of the strategic plan, bylaws, and annual reports. The theoretical foundations were leader-member exchange and distributed leadership. The research questions were: How do the individual members of the leadership team perceive the innovative work behaviors in the leadership team? How do the staff and volunteers perceive the innovative work behaviors in the leadership team? How do the individual members of the leadership team perceive the exchange process of the volunteer board president, volunteer board members, executive director, and assistant executive director? How do the staff and volunteers perceive the exchange process of the volunteer board president, volunteer board members, executive director, and assistant executive director? Thematic analysis yielded 11 themes including: innovative work behaviors are highlighted through distributed leadership roles in the organization and the relationship of the leadership team is positive based on the leadership and community modeled through the work with the members of the organization.
|Commitee:||Davidson, Phillip, Jaskyte, Kristina, Zicarelli, John, Adams-Thies, Brian|
|School:||Grand Canyon University|
|Department:||College of Doctoral Studies|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||DAI-A 81/7(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Educational leadership, Organizational behavior, Occupational psychology|
|Keywords:||Distributed leadership, Innovative work behaviors, Leader member exchange, Leadership teams, Nonprofit organizations, Volunteer boards of directors|
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