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Uncovering individual potential : an integrative approach to LMX and transformational leadership

Rüschoff, B. (2008) Uncovering individual potential : an integrative approach to LMX and transformational leadership.

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Abstract:The objective of this study was to clarify the role of transformational leadership and leader-member exchange relationships as possible antecedents of beneficial organizational human resource management-outcomes, focusing on the assumption that leader-member exchange relationships might emerge through transformational leadership behaviors and thereby mediate the relationship between transformational leadership and HRM-outcomes. Cross-sectional survey research on the relationship these leadership approaches and their impact on organizational HRM-outcomes has been conducted on three organizations operating in the technical sector, incorporating 151 respondents evenly spread over the participating organizations. In line with the hypotheses, transformational leadership emerged to be positively related to the HRM-outcomes under study, that is, innovative behavior, affective organizational commitment, and employees’ Hr-satisfaction. Contrary to the hypotheses, LMX proved not mediate this relationship. Findings suggest that both leadership approaches operate mainly independent of one another and that both contribute to an organization’s HRM-outcomes. However, the interrelation between transformational leadership and LMX stays unclear and remains to be a worthwhile issue of further study
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:05 communication studies
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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