Age and leadership: The moderating role of legacy beliefs

Zacher, Hannes, Rosing, Kathrin, & Frese, Michael (2011) Age and leadership: The moderating role of legacy beliefs. The Leadership Quarterly, 22(1), pp. 43-50.

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Age and age-related motivations have been neglected in leadership research. This study examined the moderating influence of legacy beliefs on the relationships between age and transformational, transactional, and passive-avoidant leadership behaviors. Legacy beliefs involve individuals' convictions about whether they and their actions will be remembered, have an enduring influence, and leave something behind after death. It was expected that at higher ages, low legacy beliefs impede transformational and transactional leadership behaviors and boost passive-avoidant leadership behaviors. One hundred and six university professors, between 30 and 70 years old, provided ratings of their legacy beliefs; each professor's leadership behaviors were evaluated by one of his or her employees. Results confirmed the assumptions for overall transformational leadership and its charisma subdimension as well as for overall transactional leadership and its active management-by-exception subdimension but not for passive-avoidant leadership.

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ID Code: 92377
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Age, Legacy beliefs, Transformational, Transactional, Passive-avoidant leadership
DOI: 10.1016/j.leaqua.2010.12.006
ISSN: 1048-9843
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 2010 Elsevier Inc.
Deposited On: 09 Feb 2016 22:43
Last Modified: 11 Feb 2016 00:19

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