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Developmental stability and leadership effectiveness

Senior, C and Martin, R and Thomas, G. and Topakas, A and West, Michael and Yeats, R (2012) Developmental stability and leadership effectiveness. The Leadership Quarterly, 23 (2). pp. 281-291. ISSN 1048-9843

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    Abstract

    Developmentalstability is the degree to which we can withstand environmental or genetic stressors during development. Fluctuating asymmetry (FA), concerns the extent to which the right and left side of the body is asymmetrical and is one way to measure developmentalstability. Two studies were carried out that examined both the predictive value of leader FA with leadership behaviors and its role in facilitating group performance. The first study examined the hypothesis that a leader's FA is correlated with scores on the Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire (MLQ). The results revealed individuals with a more asymmetrical morphology scored higher on the transformational, but not transactional, dimensions of leadership behavior. A second study examined the hypothesis that asymmetrical morphology and leadershipeffectiveness would share a positive relationship. In this study participants who led a business game exercise, revealed a positive relationship between FA and self-reported well-being and task satisfaction. Importantly, there was also a positive correlation between the leader's FA score and group performance. The role that developmentalstability may play in leadershipeffectiveness is discussed in the wider context of evolutionary psychology.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: The Leadership Quarterly
    Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
    Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Lancaster University Management School - Other > Centre for Performance-Led HR
    ID Code: 53312
    Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
    Deposited On: 20 Mar 2012 15:53
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 23:15
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/53312

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