The Effects Of Leadership Positions On Follower Satisfaction

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Summary This article researched the effects of leadership positions on follower satisfaction with the integration on how "politically skilled" the leader was. The authors defined political skill as having authentic relationships with their followers and able to direct outcomes in a subtle manner. They described a highly politically skilled person as being able to wield influence without being overbearing or using bully tactics or being seen as uncaring and sloppy in leadership. Moreover, leaders possessing high political skill were described as follower oriented. Specifically, the authors hypothesized that high political skill in a position of power was needed for high follower satisfaction. They chose to study follower perceptions in two…show more content…
The researchers surmised the integration of position power and political skill would have a positive correlation for those with high political skill and negative correlation for those with low political skill in regards to follower job satisfaction. The researchers hypothesized that a leader holding high position power and exhibiting high political skill would be seen by followers to be engaging in more structure and more consideration behaviors than those leaders in similar positions with low political skill. Also, the researchers hypothesized that followers who perceived that their leaders were more effective in providing structure and consideration behaviors also inferred that satisfaction would be high. The study was conducted in organizations across Germany. Researchers chose 190 leaders through referrals and studied 476 of their followers. The statistical breakout of leaders was 67% were male, 66% had masters-level education, the mean age was 46 years, average time in job was 9 years, and leaders averaged 26 direct reports who had worked with the leader on average of 5 years. The researchers took into account the impact of gender and age as a variable and applied that to their analysis. The researchers also adjusted for selection bias in the followers because the leaders chose which followers would participate in the survey. Five surveys were given in the study. Two were provided to the leaders. Those leaders rated
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