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Establishing the next generation at work: leader generativity as a moderator of the relationships between leader age, leader-member exchange, and leadership success

Establishing the next generation at work: leader generativity as a moderator of the relationships between leader age, leader-member exchange, and leadership success

Psychology and Aging 26(1): 241-252

In this study, the authors investigated leader generativity as a moderator of the relationships between leader age, leader-member exchange, and three criteria of leadership success (follower perceptions of leader effectiveness, follower satisfaction with leader, and follower extra effort). Data came from 128 university professors paired with one research assistant each. Results showed positive relationships between leader age and leader generativity, and negative relationships between leader age and follower perceptions of leader effectiveness and follower extra effort. Consistent with expectations based on leadership categorization theory, leader generativity moderated the relationships between leader age and all three criteria of leadership success, such that leaders high in generativity were better able to maintain high levels of leadership success at higher ages than leaders low in generativity. Finally, results of mediated moderation analyses showed that leader-member exchange quality mediated these moderating effects. The findings suggest that, in combination, leader age and the age-related construct of generativity importantly influence leadership processes and outcomes.

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Accession: 053033410

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PMID: 21319901

DOI: 10.1037/a0021429

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