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The appeal of transformational leadership.

Hansbrough, T. K. and Schyns, B. (2018) 'The appeal of transformational leadership.', Journal of leadership studies., 12 (3). pp. 19-32.


Although transformational leadership has been described as an ideal leadership style, there have been recent calls for research to examine why the concept of transformational leadership appeals to some individuals but not to others. Accordingly, three empirical studies were conducted to investigate the impact of personality and implicit leadership theories on the appeal of transformational leadership. The results indicate that conscientiousness strongly impacts the appeal of transformational leadership. Furthermore, the implicit leadership theory dimension of dedication mediates the relationship between conscientiousness and the appeal of transformational leadership. These findings thus question the universal appeal of transformational leadership as well as provide an explanatory mechanism regarding the differential appeal of transformational leadership.

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Date accepted:12 June 2018
Date deposited:17 July 2018
Date of first online publication:28 September 2018
Date first made open access:No date available

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