Transformational leadership and group potency in small military units: The mediating role of group identification and cohesion

Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology. 2016;32(3):145-152 DOI 10.1016/j.rpto.2016.06.002

 

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Journal Title: Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology

ISSN: 1576-5962 (Print); 2174-0534 (Online)

Publisher: Colegio Oficial de Psicólogos de Madrid

Society/Institution: Colegio Oficial de Psicólogos de Madrid

LCC Subject Category: Philosophy. Psychology. Religion: Psychology

Country of publisher: Spain

Language of fulltext: Spanish; Castilian, English

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Carlos García-Guiu
Miguel Moya
Fernando Molero
Juan Antonio Moriano

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Abstract | Full Text

In the present study, we examined an exploratory model to assess the relationship between transformational leadership and group potency and analyze the mediating role of group identification and cohesion. The research was conducted with squads of the Spanish Army. The sample was composed of 243 members of 51 squads of operational units. Our findings highlighted the importance of the transformational leadership style of command of non-commissioned officers (NCOs) due to its positive relationship with the group potency of the squad. We also analyzed the indirect relationships between transformational leadership and group identification and group cohesion and found that the latter variables played a mediating role between transformational leadership and group potency. The conclusions of this study are relevant due to the growing importance of transformational leadership and actions implemented at lower levels of the command chain for the success of missions of security organizations and defense.