Are cultural characteristics associated with the relationship between self and others’ ratings of leadership?

Leanne Atwater – , Mo Wang – , James W. Smither – La Salle University, John W. Fleenor

Summary

This study examined the relationship between self and subordinate ratings of leadership and the relationship between self and peer ratings of leadership for 964 managers from 21 countries. Using multilevel modeling, the authors found that cultural characteristics moderated the relationship between self and others’ ratings of leadership. Specifically, the relationship between self and subordinate ratings, as well as between self and peer ratings, was more positive in countries that are characterized by high assertiveness. The relationship between self and subordinate ratings, as well as between self and peer ratings, was also more positive in countries characterized by high power distance. The authors also found a leniency bias in individualistic cultures for self, peer, and subordinate ratings. In sum, cultural characteristics should be considered in attempts to understand relationships between self and other ratings.

Citation

Atwater, L., Wang, M., Smither, J. W., & Fleenor, J. W. (2009). Are cultural characteristics associated with the relationship between|self and others’ ratings of leadership? Journal of Applied Psychology, 94(4), 876 – 886. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0014561

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