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Energy crossover from leader to followers: A time-lagged study of the effects of energy discrepancy and leader-member exchange

Xavier Parent-Rocheleau
University of Quebec in Montreal  |  Canada

Gilles Simard
University of Quebec in Montreal  |  Canada

Michel Tremblay
HEC Montreal  |  Canada

Keywords: Energy at work, crossover, leader-member exchange, organizational citizenship behaviors

Abstract: This study investigates the effects of the difference between leaders’ and followers’ level of subjective energy on the change in subordinates’ energy one year later, and on customer-oriented citizenship behaviors. Results of polynomial regression and response surface analyses performed with a sample of 277 dyads in the retail sector indicate that the effect of the energy gap is asymmetrical, such that followers paired with a more energetic leader gain energy one year later, whereas those matched with less energetic leaders experience energy depletion. As expected, these relationships are moderated by LMX.


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