Researchers have been interested in the concepts of leadership, cognitive diversity, and team cohesiveness and much research has been done in these areas separately. The uniformity of the topics is still lacking in terms of the relationship among these variables. This research set out to explore the relationship between cognitive diversity and team cohesiveness as it was enhanced by the different leadership characteristic traits. These leadership characteristic traits consisted of charisma, individualism, and empowerment. The multiple regression analysis method was used to study the relationship among these variables. Based upon data collected from a sample of 1,015 participants in six different types of industries, I found that that there was a positive relationship between cognitive diversity and team cohesiveness. I also found that leadership individualistic trait did not have any relationship to team cohesiveness. Leadership charismatic trait did explain some variance on team cohesiveness but did not moderate the relationship between cognitive diversity and team cohesiveness. Lastly, leadership empowering trait had a direct relationship to team cohesiveness as well as moderated the relationship between cognitive diversity and team cohesiveness.
Date of publication
Atiwate, Upatham, "Enhancing the Cohesiveness of a Cognitive Diverse Team: the Role of Leadership" (2015). Human Resource Development Theses and Dissertations. Paper 6.