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School of Business Administration
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  • Diversity management
  • Leadership
  • Power dynamics in organizations
  • Corporate social responsibility

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Employees' perceptions of their leaders: Is being similar always better?

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Title
Employees' perceptions of their leaders: Is being similar always better?
Author
Goldberg, C.Riordan, C.M.Zhang, Lu
Keywords
Demographic similarity;  Perceptions of leadership behaviors;  Self-continuity;  Status
Issue Date
2008-06
Publisher
SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC
Citation
GROUP & ORGANIZATION MANAGEMENT, v.33, no.3, pp.330 - 355
Abstract
Using a sample of middle and upper level managers, the authors examined the effects of employee-supervisor demographic similarity on employees' perceptions of their supervisor's leadership ability. The authors also examined the moderating effects of individuals' needs for self-continuity and the status of the demographic groups on these relationships. Very little evidence was found for direct similarity effects. However, the authors found strong and consistent evidence that employees in high-status demographic groups exhibited a positive relationship between self-continuity and perceptions of their leaders when the leader was demographically similar, whereas employees in low-status demographic groups exhibited a negative relationship between self-continuity and perceptions of their leaders when the leader was demographically similar. Implications for social identity theory and relational demography research are discussed.
URI
https://scholarworks.unist.ac.kr/handle/201301/8447
DOI
10.1177/1059601108318232
ISSN
1059-6011
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