This study investigates the influence of leadership on followers' identification with their work group. Adopting a qualitative research approach it takes on the followers' perspective for inductively deriving leadership behaviors that pertain to the development of teamidentification. Based on in-depth data from members of seven teams in the context of UN peacebuilding operations four aggregate leadership dimensions can be identified that are conducive to members' team identification: providing guidance encouraging involvement role modeling and administering teamwork. Accordingly this study adds to the exploration of leadership behaviors relevant for teamidentification that have not been considered by extant research. The resultsmay lay the foundations for future investigations on complementary effects of different leadership behaviors for fostering followers' identification with their work group.
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