Moderating role of follower characteristics with transformational leadership and follower work engagement

Weichun Zhu, Bruce J. Avolio, Fred O. Walumbwa

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Abstract

This study examines whether follower characteristics moderate the relationship between transformational leadership and follower work engagement. Data were collected from 140 followers and their 48 supervisors from a diverse range of industries in South Africa. Hierarchical linear modeling results show that follower characteristics moderate the positive relationship between transformational leadership and follower work engagement. More specifically, transformational leadership has a more positive effect on follower work engagement when follower characteristics are more positive. Implications of the findings for theory, research, and practice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)590-619
Number of pages30
JournalGroup and Organization Management
Volume34
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Applied Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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