A lifespan perspective on leadership

Zacher, Hannes, Clark, Michael, Anderson, Ellen C., & Ayoko, Oluremi B. (2015) A lifespan perspective on leadership. In Bal, P, Kooij, D, & Rousseau, D (Eds.) Aging Workers and the Employee-Employer Relationship. Springer International Publishing, Switzerland, pp. 87-104.

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In this chapter, we present a lifespan model of leadership that outlines how leader and follower age as well as age-related changes in leader traits and characteristics, leader behaviors, and follower attribution and identification processes may influence leadership effectiveness. First, we describe how leader traits and characteristics change with age and how these developmental changes may impact on leader behaviors and, subsequently, leadership effectiveness. Specifically, we discuss age-related changes in leaders’ task competence, interpersonal attributes, and motivation to lead. We particularly focus on how generativity – a set of interconnected motives pertaining to establishing and guiding future generations – may emerge as an important concern among older leaders. Second, we review theoretical approaches that help explain how and why leader age and age-related traits and characteristics, follower age, as well as leader-follower age differences may influence follower attribution and identification processes. Third, we outline a number of boundary conditions of the effects proposed by our lifespan model of leadership, including leader-follower relationship duration, situational characteristics, as well as the cultural, social, and historical context. We conclude the chapter by discussing our model’s implications for future research and organizational practice.

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ID Code: 92444
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Leadership, Lifespan
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-08007-9_6
ISBN: 978-3-319-08007-9
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: © Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
Deposited On: 28 Jan 2016 23:59
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2016 02:58

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