TITLE

Follower developmental characteristics as predicting transformational leadership: a longitudinal field study

AUTHOR(S)
Dvir, Taly; Shamir, Boas
PUB. DATE
June 2003
SOURCE
Leadership Quarterly;Jun2003, Vol. 14 Issue 3, p327
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The leadership literature has focused on the effects of leaders whereas much less attention has been given to the followers'' role in shaping their leader''s style. Therefore, this longitudinal field study tested follower developmental characteristics as predictors of transformational leadership. The sample included 54 military units and their leaders, in which there were 90 direct followers and 724 indirect followers. Results at the group level of analysis indicated that followers'' initial developmental level, as expressed by the initial level of their self-actualization needs, internalization of the organization''s moral values, collectivistic orientation, critical-independent approach, active engagement in the task, and self-efficacy, positively predicted transformational leadership among indirect followers, whereas these relationships were negative among direct followers. The different role of followers'' initial developmental level as a predictor of transformational leadership among close versus distant followers is discussed.
ACCESSION #
9622327

 

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