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The relationship between followers’ perceived quality of relationship and preferred leadership style

The relationship between followers’ perceived quality of relationship and preferred leadership style Purpose – Although leaders and followers are both essential elements within the leadership process, there has been limited research regarding followers and their role in the process. The purpose of this paper is to answer specific calls for research in the studies of followership, leadership, and the follower/leader relationship through the examination of the relationship between followers’ perception of quality of relationship with their leaders and followers’ preferred leadership style from their leaders. Design/methodology/approach – The study utilized a quantitative, correlational approach using the LMX‐7 questionnaire to measure followers’ perceived quality of relationship with their leader and the MLQ‐5x to measure followers’ preferred leadership style from their leader. The test sample was 105 CPA's working in the USA for companies over 1,000 employees in size. Findings – The study determined positive, significant levels of relationship between follower's perceived quality of relationship and follower's preference for transformational leadership style. The study additionally determined that the level of preference for transactional leadership style, at the composite scale level, remained relatively consistent, regardless the quality of relationship. Research limitations/implications – Because of the specific characteristic of the chosen research sample, the research results may not be generalized across other populations. Recommendations for future studies across different samples are identified. Originality/value – This study is unique in that it adds to the body of knowledge of leadership studies through the perspective of the follower. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Leadership & Organization Development Journal Emerald Publishing

The relationship between followers’ perceived quality of relationship and preferred leadership style

Leadership & Organization Development Journal , Volume 35 (7): 17 – Aug 26, 2014

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2014 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0143-7739
DOI
10.1108/LODJ-08-2012-0096
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Abstract

Purpose – Although leaders and followers are both essential elements within the leadership process, there has been limited research regarding followers and their role in the process. The purpose of this paper is to answer specific calls for research in the studies of followership, leadership, and the follower/leader relationship through the examination of the relationship between followers’ perception of quality of relationship with their leaders and followers’ preferred leadership style from their leaders. Design/methodology/approach – The study utilized a quantitative, correlational approach using the LMX‐7 questionnaire to measure followers’ perceived quality of relationship with their leader and the MLQ‐5x to measure followers’ preferred leadership style from their leader. The test sample was 105 CPA's working in the USA for companies over 1,000 employees in size. Findings – The study determined positive, significant levels of relationship between follower's perceived quality of relationship and follower's preference for transformational leadership style. The study additionally determined that the level of preference for transactional leadership style, at the composite scale level, remained relatively consistent, regardless the quality of relationship. Research limitations/implications – Because of the specific characteristic of the chosen research sample, the research results may not be generalized across other populations. Recommendations for future studies across different samples are identified. Originality/value – This study is unique in that it adds to the body of knowledge of leadership studies through the perspective of the follower.

Journal

Leadership & Organization Development JournalEmerald Publishing

Published: Aug 26, 2014

Keywords: Leadership; Followership; Leadership style

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