9 de Janeiro de 2010 18h30
Lançamento do VII Simpósio de Psicologia das Organizações
Contribuições da Psicologia para a Gestão
EGP-UPBS, Porto, Portugal
Whether we like it or not, if we are in leadership positions in organisations, the way
staff relate to us and the way we relate to them is going to be filtered through
their/our experience of previous authority figures, most notably those experienced in
their/our formative years.
For secure individuals they will have positive expectations of us and will expect support
and encouragement for their ideas, talents and creativity. For those who have had
negative or frightening experiences of authority, they will expect criticism, may become
disorganised when challenged and may have a constant fear of being found out and
sacked, irrespective of their actual performance, talents and contribution to the
The implications for those in leadership positions is to be able to monitor their
responses when they feel personally challenged by staff and to notice whether they
become dominant or submissive in their relationships. Such behaviour represents an
activation of the fear system within the leader. The more access we have to our own
typical responses in such situations the freer we will be to work in supportive,
collaborate, creative ways.
This presentation will provide an attachment perspective on leadership, drawing on the
theory of John Bowlby, Heard and Lake, McCluskey and others. Videos will be used to
illustrate dominant/submissive versus supportive/companionable interaction.