ABSTRACT

Special emphasis was given to actions of integrating a new formal leader to the team composite. The relationship between the formal leader and the informal leader was explored to assess the relational impact on a formal leader’s authority to execute leadership decisions as well as the relational influence on team citizenship behaviors in the team dynamic, especially as related to new formal leadership. New formal leaders should be mindful of making quick judgments as to who might have influence in the team without taking time to assess what is going on in the team dynamic. Informal leaders with positive traits reportedly were perceived as consistent sources of inspiration to team unity and advocated for working diligently to get the job done despite other prevailing issue. Negative informal leaders were deemed to be of major concern to team members.