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Follower characteristics and the perception of Leader-Member Exchange.

Schyns, B. and Kroon, B. and Moors, G. (2008) 'Follower characteristics and the perception of Leader-Member Exchange.', Journal of managerial psychology., 23 (7). pp. 772-788.

Abstract

Purpose – This study aims to focus on the perception of leader-member exchange (LMX). It is assumed that the perceived quality of the relationship is not only related to the actual quality of the relationship, but also to followers' expectancies and preferences. However, little is known about person characteristics that are related to LMX perceptions. This study seeks to examine how far followers' leadership-related characteristics (romance of leadership, idealised supervisor, need for leadership and dependence) are related to the perception of LMX. Design/methodology/approach – A sample of 588 Dutch employees from different professions filled in questionnaires on romance of leadership, idealised supervisor, need for leadership and dependence and their perception of LMX. Findings – Results indicate a positive relationship between need for leadership/dependence and the perception of LMX, thought not for romance of leadership/idealised supervisor and the perception of LMX. An interaction was found between idealised supervisor and dependence on the perception of LMX. Research limitations/implications – The study only focuses on four antecedents, although many others could have an effect on the perception of LMX. The study comprised a one-dimensional assessment of LMX. For future research, a multi-dimensional assessment is recommended. Practical implications – The results of this study imply that organisations need to address the expectations that followers have towards their leaders in order to avoid disappointments. Originality/value – This paper focuses on the perception of LMX and how follower characteristics are related to the perception of LMX. It extends prior research on the perception of leadership into LMX research. Similar to effect on the perception of leadership behaviour, effects on the perception of LMX are important to take into account when LMX is assessed through follower ratings in order to avoid making incorrect conclusions.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Employee exchanges, Influence, Leadership, Perception, Personality, The Netherlands, LMX.
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Publisher Web site:http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/02683940810896330
Record Created:18 Jan 2011 12:35
Last Modified:20 Jan 2011 12:07

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