Proximal and distal forms of visionary leadership : a stress buffering perspective

Newton, Cameron J. & Bish, Adelle (2013) Proximal and distal forms of visionary leadership : a stress buffering perspective. In Toombs, Leslie (Ed.) 73rd Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management : Capitalism in Question, 9-13 August 2013, Lake Buena Vista (Orlando), Florida.

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Occupational stress research has consistently demonstrated many negative effects of work stressors on employee adjustment (i.e., job-related attitudes and health). Considerable literature also describes potential moderators of this relationship. While research has revealed that leader vision can have significant positive effects on employee adjustment it has neglected investigation of its potential stress buffering effects. Based on leadership and identification theories, it was predicted that stress buffering effects of leader vision would be more evident for distal versus proximal leaders and also when the distal or proximal leader vision was congruent with the employee adjustment outcome type (distal versus proximal).

Predictions were tested with an employee sample from one large public sector organization (N = 519). Hierarchical multiple regression analyses revealed that main and moderated effects relating to leader vision supported the notion that occupational stress would be reduced when there was congruence of distal and proximal leader vision and distal and proximal outcome types. However, stress buffering effects were found for high and low perceivers of leader vision that were not in line with hypotheses posing questions for the definitions of distal and proximal identifications. Findings are discussed in terms of theoretical and practical implications.

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ID Code: 61100
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Visionary Leadership, Stress, Attitudes, Employee Adjustment, Quality of Work Life
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Organisational Behaviour (150311)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013. Please consult author(s)/creators
Deposited On: 04 Jul 2013 00:16
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2013 15:46

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