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.
The Romance of Leadership Scale and Causal Attributions1
Article first published online: 16 MAY 2012
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Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 42, Issue 8, pages 1870–1886, August 2012
How to Cite
SCHYNS, B. and HANSBROUGH, T. (2012), The Romance of Leadership Scale and Causal Attributions. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 42: 1870–1886. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2012.00922.x
- Issue published online: 8 AUG 2012
- Article first published online: 16 MAY 2012
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.