Edited by Michael D. Mumford and Sven Hemlin
Chapter 11: Do leaders matter in the long run? A longitudinal study of the importance of LMX and LMX balance for followers’ creative performance in research groups
This study provides two important contributions to the study of leader–member exchange (LMX): it examines (1) the longitudinal effects of LMX and (2) the importance of LMX balance, that is, leader–follower agreement in LMX. The study was set up among 82 researchers in academic research groups in Sweden. Specifically, LMX was examined to predict followers’ creative performance at the time of LMX rating and three years later. The study also examined the relationship between LMX balance and followers’ creative performance. Results are that leader-rated LMX, but not follower-rated LMX, predicts followers’ creative performance (measured as publications) both at the time of LMX rating and three years later. Additionally, followers display stronger creative performance in relationships when leaders and followers agree that LMX quality is high (contrasted with imbalanced relationships and balanced, low-quality relationships) at the time of LMX rating. In conclusion, leaders’ (rather than followers’) perceptions of dyads are more important in LMX research than was previously found. Moreover, they have long-term effects on followers’ creativity.
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