Department & MGSM Joint Seminar Series - Feb 2018 Prof Hugo M. Kehr

Department & MGSM Joint Seminar Series - Feb 2018 Prof Hugo M. Kehr

Transformational Leadership Meets Follower Motives

Prof. Dr. Hugo M. Kehr

Chair of Psychology

Technische Universität München, TUM School of Management

Abstract

The present research was aimed at (a) establishing conceptual links of transformational leadership dimensions and specific motives, (b) testing effects of followers’ implicit motive dispositions on their preferences for distinct transformational leadership dimensions, and (c) testing the interaction of transformational leadership dimensions and followers’ implicit motive dispositions on work-related outcomes.  Firstly, an analysis of the research literature regarding the three transformational leadership dimensions: individualized consideration (InCs), inspirational motivation (InMo), and intellectual stimulation (InSt) concerning their affiliation, power, and achievement motive content revealed the expected links between InCs and affiliation and between InMo and power. Second, results from an experimental study showed that the strength of followers’ implicit affiliation motive predicted their preference for InCs, the strength of followers’ implicit power motive predicted their preference for InMo, and the strength of followers’ implicit achievement motive predicted their preference for InSt. Lastly, in two experimental studies, we confirmed that the strength of the followers’ implicit affiliation (power) motive positively moderated the relations between a leader displaying InCs (InMo) and followers’ performance as well as leader influence.  The results of these studies corroborate the notion that transformational leadership is effective in that it arouses the followers’s implicit motives. The applied relevance of these findings is discussed.

Kehr*, H. M., Amann*, D. & Giessner, S.,

*First authorship of this research is shared between Dorena Amann und Hugo M. Kehr.

Speaker's Bio

The research work of Professor Kehr looks at the effects of goals and subconscious motives, the role of will power and self-regulation, fears and overcoming them, and the effects of visions and leadership styles on motivation.  After completing on undergraduate course in business studies at LMU Munich and the University of Montpellier, Porfessor Kehr earned his PhD and acquired his postdoctoral teaching qualification (habilitation) in psychology at LMU in 2000. He went on to conduct research at UC Berkeley as a recipient of a Humboldt Research Award. In 2002 he received a Heisenberg grant and was appointed to posts at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland and IESE in Barcelona (2003). From 2004 to 2006 he held a chair at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. Since 2006 he has held the Chair of Psychology at TUM.  Professor Kehr has published four monographs on his work as well as numerous articles in prestigious German and international publications. Since 2008 he has organized the Munich Symposium on Motivation (MSM) at TUM, a conference that brings together leading international researchers (http://www.professoren.tum.de/en/kehr-hugo-martin/).

Topic:             Transformational Leadership Meets Follower Motives

Speaker:         Prof. Dr. Hugo M. Kehr, Chair of Psychology, Technische Universität München, TUM School of Management

Date/Time:     1-2pm, Wednesday 21 February 2018

Venue:            4ER (E4A) 623 Seminar Room, Macquarie University

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