Demographic Factors Influencing the Formation of Informal Leadership

Kyung Chool Joe


Although informal leadership can play a critical role in organizational functioning, empirical research concerning this issue is scarce. I con- ceptualized informal leadership as a continuous variable, and tested the relationship between informal leadership and the demographic va- riables. This study advanced our understanding of how demographic factors (i.e., age, gender, educational background, and work experience) contribute to shaping informal leadership. In addition, T-test was chosen to test whether informal leadership is more noteworthy in women than men. Informal leadership was more noteworthy in men than women. Educational background and work experience influenced the formation of informal leadership positively. However, age was not counted as factor affecting the formation of informal leadership.

Keywords: informal leadership, age, gender, educational degree, seniority

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