Leadership Style: Lead-Member Exchange
The Leadership-Member Exchange (LMX) leadership theory is interesting one for me, but one I can relate to as well. The transformational leadership is one I am not as familiar with because it consists of behavior of initiation and consideration. This made the Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire (MLQ) a little confusing for me. My scores we high, I just did not know how to calculate the information properly.
My experience with the LMX questionnaire was positive, I scored 25 points and the place me in the high ranks. Although I just make to the mark of 25, I wonder if I was basing my score as a follower and not a leader. According to the rules of the exam I was able to do as either one, with no real experience in a leadership role taking the exam as a follower confirms my hypothesis. This score does place me in the in-group, which is accurate because I am now an experience surgical and go above and beyond my job description.
My experience with the MLQ questionnaire is very confusing, But I will do my best in reading my results. Here is the breakdown of my results in each section.
• Transformation: 18 Points out of 20 Points
• Transaction: 6 Points out of 8 Points
• Passive: 3 Points out of 8 Points
Transformational leadership consists two fundamental leadership behaviors of initiation and consideration. Based on four factors which are:
• Charismatic leadership or idealized influence
• inspirational leadership or motivation
• Intellectual stimulation
• individualized consideration (Krishnan, 2005)
The transactional leadership consist of:
• Contingent Reward
• Management by exception Active
Passive /Avoidant leadership consist of:
• Management by exception Passive
I am assuming because I scored 18 points indicates the four factors, I show great potential. The transactional, I scored 6 points and that is high as well, but in the Avoidant, I scored low, this means I would not be a leader that just lets tasks ride. With the lack of conceptual clarity due to the broad range of actives.
In conclusion, these two types of leadership roles were interesting because I was able to do this as either a follower or a leader. Because I have limited leadership experience, I answered as a follower. I was able to understand why transformational is popular, but it was too broad but still can be effective. The LMX was common, because I see this approach in my career.
Krishnan, V. R. (2005). Leader-Member Exchange, Transformational Leadership, and Value System. O Electronic Journal of Business Ethics and Organization Studies.
Leadership-Member Exchange (LMX) Theory. (2019). Retrieved from Management Study Guide: https://managementstudyguide.com/lmx-theory.htm