Leader-Follower Values Congruence: Are Socialized Charismatic Leaders Better Able to Achieve It?

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In a field study, the authors investigated the relationship between socialized charismatic leadership and values congruence between leaders and followers. Socialized charismatic leadership theory holds that charismatic leaders convey a values-based message and bring about values congruence between themselves and their followers. Yet, other research suggests that individuals' values are stable and closely linked to occupational membership and that employees' values are therefore likely to be quite difficult to change. Results of this study suggest that occupations are indeed associated with multiple types of employee values. The results also demonstrate that, for 3 of the 4 values studied, socialized charismatic leadership is associated with values congruence between the specific values leaders say they transmit to their followers and the values their followers say they use in work. The findings shed additional light on the values alignment process. Implications for research and practice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)478-490
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Applied Psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Applied Psychology


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