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The downside of looking like a leader: leaders' powerful demeanor stifles follower voice in participative decision making

Locke, C. C. and Anderson, Cameron (2010) The downside of looking like a leader: leaders' powerful demeanor stifles follower voice in participative decision making. 11102. Department of Management, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Leaders are often encouraged to exhibit a “leader-like” demeanor to enhance their image and effectiveness. However, the current investigation reveals an unintended consequence of looking like a leader: the stifling of follower voice in participative decision making interactions. This phenomenon was examined in two laboratory studies. Study 1 assigned participants to leader-follower dyads who worked on a decision making task together. Study 2 helped establish causality by manipulating the leader’s demeanor through the use of a research confederate; it also tested the mediating effects of perceived leader competence and threat. We found that, in participative decision making, the effect of the leader’s demeanor on follower voice was mediated by perceived leader competence. In other words, while leaders who exhibit a powerful demeanor may boost their appearance of competence, they also risk stifling follower voice precisely because they appear more competent.

Item Type: Monograph (Other)
Official URL: http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/management/
Additional Information: © 2010 The Authors
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Sets: Research centres and groups > Employment Relations and Organisational Behaviour Group
Departments > Management
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Identification Number: 11102
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2010 11:42
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/28975/

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