What Are the Experiences Of Team Leaders Whose Manager Adopts a Dialogic I-Thou Attitude In Relating With Them?

Authors

  • Geoff Thompson

Keywords:

dialogic, relationship, organisations, leadership, teams. performance

Abstract

The research project explored the potential for applying the dialogic I-Thou (Buber 1958b and 1965) approach to relating between persons in organisations. It specifically explored the experiences of eight team leaders, in a call centre, whose manager had trained in self awareness and the theory and practice of the dialogic way of relating.

The research provided a valuable insight into how the nature of the employer-employee relationship influences employee self image and how self image influences employee choices about performance. The research further suggests that the dialogic offers considerable potential as a strategy for promoting a culture of humanity in organisations. This article presents a case for applying a dialogical attitude to employer- employee relationships as an approach to team development and for its use both as a model of leadership and as an integral part of leadership development.

Author Biography

Geoff Thompson

Geoff Thompson is the Director of Interhuman Limited and an Associate of the European Association for Gestalt Leadership and Organisational Development. He works in organisations and as a Gestalt therapist in private practice. For contact regarding this article or related issues: www.interhuman.co.uk

Published

2006-07-26

How to Cite

Thompson, G. (2006). What Are the Experiences Of Team Leaders Whose Manager Adopts a Dialogic I-Thou Attitude In Relating With Them?. European Journal for Qualitative Research in Psychotherapy, (1), 34-40. Retrieved from http://ejqrp.org/index.php/ejqrp/article/view/9

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