Motivation to lead, motivation to follow: The role of the self-regulatory focus in leadership processes

Ronit Kark, Dina Van Dijk

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Abstract

In this paper we integrate recent theories of motivation and leadership. Drawing on the self-regulatory focus theory and on self-concept based theories of leadership, we develop a conceptual framework proposing that leaders' chronic self-regulatory focus (promotion versus prevention), in conjunction with their values, influences their motivation to lead and, subsequently, their leadership behavior. We further suggest that leaders may influence the motivational self-regulatory foci of their followers, which will mediate different follower outcomes at the individual and group level. Copyright of the Academy of Management, all rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)500-528
Number of pages29
JournalAcademy of Management Review
Volume32
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Business, Management and Accounting
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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