Implications of Proxy Efficacy for Studies of Team Leadership in Organizational Settings

Seyyed Babak Alavi, John McCormick
  • European Psychologist, July 2016, Hogrefe Publishing Group
  • DOI: 10.1027/1016-9040/a000270

proxy efficacy in team leadership

What is it about?

Team leaders are important in team success. They may be considered in some tasks by other team members as individuals that achieve some goals and provide some key resources on the behalf of the whole team. In other words, team members may see themselves confident in achieving team success if they believe in their team leader as their "proxy". In this article, different aspects of team members' belief in the capabilities of their team leader as their representative (proxy) in teamwork are discussed. Some practical ideas may also be generated by reading this article on how a team leader may impact the confidence of team members and the team as a whole.

Why is it important?

This article provides ideas on how team leaders may impact the confidence of other team members in performing their tasks.


Dr Seyyed Babak Alavi
Sharif University of Technology

This article may be unique in terms of providing theoretical ideas on the implications of the proxy efficacy concept in team leadership. These ideas may have insights for other researchers in the field of team leadership.

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