Age and leadership: The moderating role of legacy beliefs

Zacher, Hannes, Rosing, Kathrin and Frese, Michael (2011) Age and leadership: The moderating role of legacy beliefs. The Leadership Quarterly, 22 1: 43-50. doi:10.1016/j.leaqua.2010.12.006

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Author Zacher, Hannes
Rosing, Kathrin
Frese, Michael
Title Age and leadership: The moderating role of legacy beliefs
Journal name The Leadership Quarterly   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1048-9843
Publication date 2011-02
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.leaqua.2010.12.006
Open Access Status
Volume 22
Issue 1
Start page 43
End page 50
Total pages 8
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract Age and age-related motivations have been neglected in leadership research. This study examined the moderating influence of legacy beliefs on the relationships between age and transformational, transactional, and passive-avoidant leadership behaviors. Legacy beliefs involve individuals' convictions about whether they and their actions will be remembered, have an enduring influence, and leave something behind after death. It was expected that at higher ages, low legacy beliefs impede transformational and transactional leadership behaviors and boost passive-avoidant leadership behaviors. One hundred and six university professors, between 30 and 70 years old, provided ratings of their legacy beliefs; each professor's leadership behaviors were evaluated by one of his or her employees. Results confirmed the assumptions for overall transformational leadership and its charisma subdimension as well as for overall transactional leadership and its active management-by-exception subdimension but not for passive-avoidant leadership. © 2010 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Keyword Age
Legacy beliefs
Passive-avoidant leadership
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Available online 1 February, 2011.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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