Establishing the next generation at work: Leader generativity as a moderator of the relationships between leader age, leader-member exchange, and leadership success

Zacher, H, Rosing, K, Henning, T and Frese, M (2011) Establishing the next generation at work: Leader generativity as a moderator of the relationships between leader age, leader-member exchange, and leadership success. Psychology And Aging, 26 1: 241-252. doi:10.1037/a0021429

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Author Zacher, H
Rosing, K
Henning, T
Frese, M
Title Establishing the next generation at work: Leader generativity as a moderator of the relationships between leader age, leader-member exchange, and leadership success
Journal name Psychology And Aging   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0882-7974
1939-1498
Publication date 2011-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1037/a0021429
Volume 26
Issue 1
Start page 241
End page 252
Total pages 12
Place of publication Washington, DC, United States
Publisher American Psychological Association
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract In this study, the authors investigated leader generativity as a moderator of the relationships between leader age, leader-member exchange, and three criteria of leadership success (follower perceptions of leader effectiveness, follower satisfaction with leader, and follower extra effort). Data came from 128 university professors paired with one research assistant each. Results showed positive relationships between leader age and leader generativity, and negative relationships between leader age and follower perceptions of leader effectiveness and follower extra effort. Consistent with expectations based on leadership categorization theory, leader generativity moderated the relationships between leader age and all three criteria of leadership success, such that leaders high in generativity were better able to maintain high levels of leadership success at higher ages than leaders low in generativity. Finally, results of mediated moderation analyses showed that leader-member exchange quality mediated these moderating effects. The findings suggest that, in combination, leader age and the age-related construct of generativity importantly influence leadership processes and outcomes. © 2011 American Psychological Association.
Keyword Age
Generativity
Leader-member exchange
Leadership
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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