Gender differences in the impact of leadership styles on subordinate embeddedness and job satisfaction

Brian J. Collins, Carla J. Burrus, Rustin Meyer

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Abstract

It is not surprising that subordinates generally prefer high-quality relationships with their supervisors. However, gender may influence the specific characteristics subordinates use to make this judgment, thereby impacting important downstream workplace processes and outcomes. Drawing from Social Role Theory, we use moderated mediation analyses across two independent samples to show that communally oriented leader-member exchange (LMX) dimensions (i.e., Affect and Loyalty) positively influence the job embeddedness of female (but not male) subordinates, whereas agentically oriented LMX dimensions (i.e., Professional Respect and Contribution) influence both genders equally. We found these effects despite strong LMX facet intercorrelations (ranging from r= .68 to .81), thereby highlighting the utility of testing theoretically driven dimensional effects, even when facets overlap significantly.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)660-671
Number of pages12
JournalLeadership Quarterly
Volume25
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business and International Management
  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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