Leader-Follower Extraversion Congruence and Follower Perceptions of Transformational Leadership: A Test Using Response Surface Modeling

38 Pages Posted: 4 Nov 2008

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George A. Hrivnak

George Washington University

Tjai M. Nielsen

High Point University - Earl N. Phillips School of Business

Date Written: August 1, 2008

Abstract

Using polynomial regression and response surface modeling in a lagged field study, we examine relationships among leader and follower extraversion fit and follower ratings of transformational leadership. This paper builds on prior research investigating the influence that leader and follower personality factors have on follower perceptions of leadership. Data from a sample of 117 Naval Midshipmen dyads suggest that leader-follower extraversion congruence at Time 1 was positively related to higher follower ratings of transformational leadership at Time 2. The implications of these findings are discussed with respect to perceptions and attributions of leadership, the potential role that extraversion congruence may play in the development of leader-follower relationships, and the role of personality across different fit contexts.

Keywords: leadership, personality, leader-follower congruence, response surface modeling, extraversion, transformational leadership, lagged field study

JEL Classification: M1, M10, M12

Suggested Citation

Hrivnak, George A. and Nielsen, Tjai M., Leader-Follower Extraversion Congruence and Follower Perceptions of Transformational Leadership: A Test Using Response Surface Modeling (August 1, 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1294008 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1294008

George A. Hrivnak

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Tjai M. Nielsen (Contact Author)

High Point University - Earl N. Phillips School of Business ( email )

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High Point, NC 27262
United States

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