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Although much research has addressed the relationships between leaders and followers, none has focused on these relationships between Black women—specifically, in the context of Black women’s social service organizations and sororities—and the impact the leader’s chosen style of leadership has on the followers’ use of voice. Self silencing is a prominent response to the power dynamic in many leader–follower relationships. The purpose of this study was to describe the interactions between leaders and followers in Black women’s social service organizations and sororities and identify the influence leadership style has on follower engagement. This study extends the application of silencing the self theory to leader–follower dynamics in Black women’s organizations and sororities. This qualitative study employed a narrative design and semistructured interviews to ascertain the experiences of and gain insight from 15 members of Black women’s organizations and sororities on their interactions with leaders in their organization and the impact on their use of voice and their commitment to the organization. The multiple themes identified suggest that the leader–follower relationship—specifically the leader’s actions and leadership style—and the culture and interpersonal dynamics of the organization are critical to followers’ decision to moderate their voice and their commitment to the organization.
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Willis, Mitzi S., "Perceptions of Organizational Politics and Interpersonal Relationships in Black Women's Organizations and Sororities" (2023). Digital Commons @ ACU, Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 545.
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