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The Link Between Interpersonal Accuracy and Leadership Behavioral Adaptability: Does Gender play a role?
Thursday 16 November 2017 (12h00 - 13h00) - Extranef - 126
Managers have to deal with many subordinates. These subordinates can differ on many dimensions such as personality, needs, or states and might thus have different expectations about their manager’s behavior. It is therefore essential for managers to correctly assess subordinates’ expectations (interpersonal accuracy) and to adapt their leadership style accordingly (leadership behavioral adaptability). In two studies, we tested whether interpersonal accuracy is related to leadership behavioral adaptability and whether this link differs between men and women. The first study included 55 participants and the second 169 participants. Both studies followed the same procedure. First, we assessed interpersonal accuracy of participants. Then, in an immersive virtual environment, participants were asked to give negative feedback to two subordinates (avatars) who were described as preferring different leadership styles. Leadership behavioral adaptability was assessed as the degree to which participants changed their leadership behavior according to the subordinates’ preferences. Results showed that interpersonal accuracy is related to leadership behavioral adaptability for women but not for men. These results open the door to new perspectives in leadership training for women.