The Romance of Leadership Scale and Causal Attributions


  • The authors thank Alexander Pundt and Hendrik Boehme for their support in establishing Scenario 1, and Joerg Felfe for his comments on an earlier version of the manuscript.

Birgit Schyns, Durham Business School, Durham University, Mill Hill Lane, Durham, DH1 3LB, United Kingdom. E-mail:


Two empirical studies examined the relationship between individual-level Romance of Leadership and causal attributions to test and extend the construct validity of the Romance of Leadership Scale. As anticipated, Romance of Leadership significantly predicted attributions to the leader, but not to the situation or the followers. The effect of leader experience on the relationship between Romance of Leadership and attributions was also examined. It was determined that individuals high in Romance of Leadership weigh information about leader experience more heavily than do others. Implications for organizations are discussed.