Up close and personal: evidence that shared social identity is a basis for the 'special' relationship that binds followers to leaders

Steffens, Niklas K., Haslam, S. Alexander and Reicher, Stephen D. (2013) Up close and personal: evidence that shared social identity is a basis for the 'special' relationship that binds followers to leaders. Leadership Quarterly, 25 2: 296-313. doi:10.1016/j.leaqua.2013.08.008

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Author Steffens, Niklas K.
Haslam, S. Alexander
Reicher, Stephen D.
Title Up close and personal: evidence that shared social identity is a basis for the 'special' relationship that binds followers to leaders
Journal name Leadership Quarterly   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1048-9843
1873-3409
Publication date 2013-09-19
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.leaqua.2013.08.008
Volume 25
Issue 2
Start page 296
End page 313
Total pages 18
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The present research extends prior work by proposing that followers' social identification with a group can translate into their relational identification with leaders. Study 1 demonstrates experimentally that compared to low-identified followers, highly identified followers perceive themselves to share relational identity with a leader when that leader is representative of their ingroup (but not if that leader is representative of an outgroup). Followers' relational identification, in turn, influences not only their experience of a personal bond with the leader but also perceptions of leader charisma. Study 2 replicates these findings in the context of Presidential candidates in the 2012 US election and extends them by examining leader prototypicality as a further moderating factor. Findings suggest that followers' experience of a ‘special’ and ‘personal’ bond with leaders arises from their social bond within a group that binds them together and provides a framework for their mutual relationship.
Keyword Charismatic leadership
Social identity
Leadership
Followership
Prototypicality
Relationship
Charisma
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Available online 19 September 2013

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