The consistent and predictable behavior of a social group.
[prob. telescoped from syn- + mentality]
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This argument was further supported by Cattell (1948), who asserted that there was an interpersonal component of "syntality" that arose from interpersonal interaction.
I here suggest four primary theoretical assertions which hold that leadership (1) is always, in every case, a political phenomenon; (2) is a phenomenon which is necessary but not necessarily sufficient to group syntality (the various performances exhibited by the group in an effort to achieve a goal); (3) may best be approached as an emergent and contingent process phenomenon within all social systems; and (4) within any given social system, in particular as its complexity increases beyond the most primitive levels, leadership roles and functions will be distributed among and circulate in kind, degree, and character among the actors within the system.
Interest in such effects can be traced as far back as Cattell's (1948) notion of syntality - those activities that synergistically combine to make a group a unique entity.
There are two highly visible models of organizational climate which have influenced scientific study over the past 25 years: a) Halpin and Croft's Organizational Climate Description Questionnaire (Halpin & Croft, 1963), and b) Raymond Cattell's group "syntality."