A cross-level model of the relationship between followers' relational schema and leaders' affect and outcomes

Pam P. Tan (2010). A cross-level model of the relationship between followers' relational schema and leaders' affect and outcomes Honours Thesis, UQ business School, The University of Queensland.

       
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Author Pam P. Tan
Thesis Title A cross-level model of the relationship between followers' relational schema and leaders' affect and outcomes
School, Centre or Institute UQ business School
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2010-10-28
Thesis type Honours Thesis
Supervisor Dr Oluremi (Remi) Ayoko
Total pages 112
Language eng
Subjects 1503 Business and Management
Abstract/Summary Research on leadership has constantly indicated that leaders often engage in differing behaviours in the process of influencing their followers. In particular, the Leader-Member Exchange (LMX) theory describes the process of leaders developing differentiated relationship quality with each member. However, knowledge is limited on the antecedents of the relationship quality differences. Similarly, few studies have examined the influence of member's schema in leader's relational schema especially in an LMX context. In addition, although there has been a surge of interest in the role of emotions in leadership, however, little research has investigated affect and emotional regulation of the leaders in the leader-member relationship. Using LMX and role theories as theoretical frameworks, this research seeks to fill these conceptual gaps by building and testing a cross-level model of member's relational schema at the individual level and leader's relational schema at the team level. In addition, a moderated mediation model of the effects of leader's affect and leader’s emotional regulation in the relationship between member’s schematic assessment of their leaders and leader's outcomes (i.e. leader's perception of LMX quality and their self-efficacy) was also built and tested. Data were collected from 311 pairs of dyads in a military organisation in the Asia Pacific. Results from the study demonstrated evidence that member's relational schema (at the individual level) influenced leader's relational schema (at the team level) while member's schema was related to leader's positive and negative affect. Positive affect also successfully mediated the link between member's relational schema and leader's LMX quality and self- efficacy while leader's reappraisal and suppression moderated the link between leader's positive affect and leaders LMX quality and self-efficacy. Overall, this research has extended literature in areas of LMX and emotions and should assist leaders in developing higher quality leader-member relationship that is critical for achieving productive organisational outcomes.

 
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