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Critique and review of leader-member exchange theory : issues of agreement, consensus, and excellence.

By B. Schyns and D. Day


The relationship quality that develops between leaders and those designated as followers is of longstanding interest to researchers and practitioners. The purpose of the present article is to review the more recent developments in the field of leader-member exchange (LMX) theory to identify specific issues related to leader-member agreement and follower consensus that have potentially important theoretical and practical implications. We introduce the concept of LMX excellence, which involves high-quality LMX, high leader-member agreement as well as high group consensus in LMX quality. We outline how leaders and followers' behaviour as well as context can enhance or hinder the development of LMX excellence and conclude with an overview of the practical and theoretical implications as well as future research needs

Topics: Agreement, Consensus, Leadership, Leader-Member Exchange.
Publisher: Psychology Press
Year: 2010
DOI identifier: 10.1080/13594320903024922
OAI identifier: oai:dro.dur.ac.uk.OAI2:7723

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