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ABP discussion: Recruiting and developing the best leaders

At today’s regular meeting of the south-west division of the Association for Buisness Psychology (ABP) we discussed the challenges leaders face in ‘non-standard hierarchical organisations’ such as matrix structures, voluntary organisations, and co-operatives.

The general consensus was that effective leaders in these types of structures/organisations need to have highly sophisticated skills to be able to manage relationships and successfully motivate their teams/volunteers - in the absence of more ‘traditional’ hierarchy and obligations. French and Raven’s seminal research on the bases of power provides a useful perspective on just this.

Furthermore employee engagement is absolutely critical to success.