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ERIC Number: EJ1137118
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1552-9045
Does Sex of Dyad Members Really Matter? A Review of Leader-Member Exchange
Goertzen, Brent J.; Fritz, Susan M.
Journal of Leadership Education, v3 n2 p3-18 Fall 2004
Leader-member exchange (LMX) generally refers to the leadership process centered on the interactions between leaders and direct reports. The basic premise of high quality leader-member exchange relationships holds that direct reports gain tremendous benefits through these partnerships. LMX is perhaps the most commonly researched theory of leadership. However, few studies have specifically examined the role of dyad members' sex as a predictor of quality LMX. Several studies investigating the role of dyad members' sex and quality LMX examined the effect of sex in an aggregated variable, demographic similarity, which often included other demographic characteristics such as age, education level and race, yielding mixed results. This article's purpose is to (a) review the evolution of leader-member exchange theory, (b) examine literature regarding potential effects of sex of dyad members on quality leader-member exchanges, and (c) discuss implications and future research concerning the role of dyad members' sex and leader-member exchanges.
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Language: English
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