The impact of the number of leaders on group member satisfaction
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Previous research on leadership has designated only a fixed number of leaders (one per group) to examine the impact of different leadership styles on group member satisfaction. By only designating one leader per group, researchers overlook the possibility of competition among leaders. Research on leadership styles has studied participative versus directive leaders and their impact on group member satisfaction. Directive leaders have been shown to argue for their position and keep discussion alive better than participative leaders, through the disclosure of unique information. This study aims to manipulate the number of directive leaders in a group, either zero, two, or four, and examine the impact on individual group member satisfaction. Using groups comprised of all-males or all-females explored gender differences in leadership.