Attachment as a predictor of leadership and follower outcomes

De Sanctis, Marcele V. and Karantzas, Gery C. 2009, Attachment as a predictor of leadership and follower outcomes, in IOP 2009 : Proceedings of the 8th Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference, Australian Psychological Society, Carlton, Vic., pp. 17-22.

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Title Attachment as a predictor of leadership and follower outcomes
Author(s) De Sanctis, Marcele V.
Karantzas, Gery C.ORCID iD for Karantzas, Gery C.
Conference name Industrial and Organisational Psychology. Conference (8th : 2009 : Sydney, New South Wales)
Conference location Sydney, New South Wales
Conference dates 25-28 June 2009
Title of proceedings IOP 2009 : Proceedings of the 8th Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference
Editor(s) Langford, Peter H.
Reynolds, Nicholas J.
Kehoe, James E.
Publication date 2009
Conference series Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference
Start page 17
End page 22
Total pages 6
Publisher Australian Psychological Society
Place of publication Carlton, Vic.
Summary Research has suggested that effective leadership, specifically the utilisation of transformational leadership behaviours, is heavily entrenched in a leader’s interpersonal skills. However, few studies have investigated the interpersonal factors that drive appropriate use of transformational and transactional leadership in leader-follower settings. Attachment theory provides a robust framework in which to chart the developmental precursors of effective leadership that underpin positive leader-follower relationships and potential organisational outcomes. In this study, 46 manager-non manager dyads recruited from a Victorian education institution, a national telecommunications company and a Victorian real-estate business (managers – Mean age = 48.5 years, SD = 7.78, non-managers – Mean age 43.92 years, SD = 8.72) took part in an online questionnaire. Participants completed measures of attachment, leadership behaviour and organisational citizenship behaviour. Path analysis revealed that manager’s attachment style significantly predicted follower ratings of transformational and transactional leadership behaviours. Additionally, follower ratings of leadership were associated with organisational citizenship behaviour. Thus, it is concluded that attachment theory provides a valid framework in which to understand follower perceptions of leadership behaviour and subsequent organisational outcomes. These findings are discussed within the context of attachment theory and the leadership literature.
Notes This paper is located on the 18th page in the attached link.
ISBN 9780909881399
Language eng
Field of Research 150311 Organisational Behaviour
Socio Economic Objective 910402 Management
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
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