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How remembering predicts leadership outcomes through the use of a new events binding measure

FU, YUE (2022) How remembering predicts leadership outcomes through the use of a new events binding measure. Doctoral thesis, Durham University.

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Learning is an important process we go through to accumulate knowledge. People can develop their skills and crystallise their identities around leadership through learning from related experiences. I propose that through a micro-level cognitive processing of binding together features of experienced events, contextual information can be stored in memory in a manner that facilitates skill development, allowing people to build knowledge structures that enhance/crystallise one’s leader identity as well as being a basis for developing context-specific leadership skills. This research extends existing leadership literature by focusing on how people process information to build leadership-specific knowledge structures by drawing on their binding capacity of encoding and retrieving associated information in memory to inform leadership related self-concepts. Four studies were conducted to test the proposed hypotheses. I developed the new event binding measure in Study 1 (N=74), investigated the effect of event binding capacity and leadership experience on leader identity, leadership self-efficacy, and affective-identity motivation to lead in Study 2 (N=128), and the interactive effect of event binding capacity with self- relevant/relational events on the leadership variables (Study 3, N=176; Study 4, N=173). Results suggested that individuals’ event binding capacity positively correlated with fluid intelligence. Individuals with higher event binding capacity and more leadership experience reported higher leader identity. A three-way interaction of event binding capacity, self- relevant events and relational events also predicted higher leader identity and leadership self-efficacy.

Item Type:Thesis (Doctoral)
Award:Doctor of Philosophy
Keywords:Event, Working memory capacity, Leadership, Leader identity
Faculty and Department:Faculty of Business > Management and Marketing, Department of
Thesis Date:2022
Copyright:Copyright of this thesis is held by the author
Deposited On:24 Aug 2022 13:49

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