Leader performance and prototypicality: their inter-relationship and impact on leaders' identity entrepreneurship

Steffens, Niklas K., Haslam, S. Alexander, Ryan, Michelle K. and Kessler, Thomas (2013) Leader performance and prototypicality: their inter-relationship and impact on leaders' identity entrepreneurship. European Journal of Social Psychology, 43 7: 606-613. doi:10.1002/ejsp.1985

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Author Steffens, Niklas K.
Haslam, S. Alexander
Ryan, Michelle K.
Kessler, Thomas
Title Leader performance and prototypicality: their inter-relationship and impact on leaders' identity entrepreneurship
Journal name European Journal of Social Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0046-2772
1099-0992
Publication date 2013-10-07
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1002/ejsp.1985
Volume 43
Issue 7
Start page 606
End page 613
Total pages 8
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Research has demonstrated that leader performance and leader prototypicality are both predictors of leader endorsement. While performance and prototypicality have generally been considered to be independent, this paper suggests that performance and prototypicality are interdependent and have a bi-directional impact both on each other and on leaders' capacity to engage in identity entrepreneurship (i.e., to define shared group norms and ideals). Two experimental studies indicate that followers infer leaders' prototypicality from their performance and that a leader's prototypicality determines perceptions of performance (indicating reversed causality). Moreover, there is evidence that both performance and prototypicality enhance leaders' capacity to act as identity entrepreneurs. These findings extend our understanding of the mutually dependent causal relationship between followers' perceptions that a leader is ‘one of us’ and that he or she is ‘doing it well’. They also provide the first experimental evidence that these factors are joint determinants of leaders' identity entrepreneurship.
Keyword Leadership
Identity entrepreneurship
Social identity
Self-categorization
Social influence
Followership
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Article first published online: 7 OCT 2013

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2014 Collection
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