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Workers into Managers: Developing Leadership Competence of Production Unit Managers

Christoph Rappe and Thomas Zwick ()

No 05-13, ZEW Discussion Papers from ZEW - Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research

Abstract: This study analyses the competence gaps of lower-level managers in a typical manufacturing plant in Germany that had recently introduced a teamwork structure. Results indicate that the managers have difficulties with their new leadership-related tasks. Higher levels of leadership competence are found to be associated with better acceptance as a manager by superiors, but not by subordinates, better interaction with both subordinates and superiors, and with higher job satisfaction. Finally, a quasi-experiment shows that a combination of workshops and individual coaching had measurable effects on leadership competencies and partly improved identification with the managerial role. In terms of methodology, a new format of self-assessments is suggested for a more valid measurement of competencies.

Keywords: Leadership skills; first line managers; training; experiment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J24 C93 M12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2005
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