n South African Journal of Agricultural Extension - The catalystic function of leadership in efficient group functioning

Volume 29, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0301-603X
  • E-ISSN: 2413-3221


The purpose of the study was to test the hypothesis that group efficiency is a function of group internal and external factors, which in turn can be mobilised through effective leadership. For this purpose seven commercial farmer study groups were studied. Significant correlations were found between the majority of group dynamic forces and group efficiency, implying that the groups, which are highly efficient, are superior regarding the intensity of the majority of all group dynamic forces. Leadership was found to be decisive in changing or improving the group dynamic forces. The more efficient group leaders were found to be more competent and revealed a greater task orientation. Compared to the less efficient groups, the better functioning groups were characterised by a higher degree of shared leadership. The bigger involvement in leadership functions seems to increase the competence without any loss in popularity.

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