Small firms are central to many economies but the contribution of leadership to small business performance is currently poorly understood. Reporting on a study of small Australian firms, this paper investigates the effects of organic or distributed leadership on six measures of firm performance – staff and customer satisfaction, financial outcomes, productivity, and staff and manager tenure. Findings show that organic leadership is associated with higher performance on all measures than the traditionally-high performing visionary leadership paradigm. The paper discusses why the emerging organic paradigm can outperform more traditional paradigms.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the 10th International Symposium on Sustainable Leadership, 2015|
|Editors||Gayle C. Avery, Marie-Laure Bouchet|
|Place of Publication||Pymble NSW|
|Publisher||Institute for Sustainable Leadership|
|Number of pages||10|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|
|Event||International Symposium on Sustainable Leadership (10th : 2015) - Dubrovnik, Croatia|
Duration: 2 Jun 2015 → 5 Jun 2015
|Conference||International Symposium on Sustainable Leadership (10th : 2015)|
|Period||2/06/15 → 5/06/15|
- organic leadership
- small business
- staff and manager tenure
- staff and customer satisfaction
Avery, G. C., Bergsteiner, H., & Jing, F. F. (2015). Achieving high performance in small firms under organic leadership. In G. C. Avery, & M-L. Bouchet (Eds.), Proceedings of the 10th International Symposium on Sustainable Leadership, 2015 (pp. 18-27). Pymble NSW: Institute for Sustainable Leadership.