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Implicit Leadership Theories, Implicit Followership Theories, and Dynamic Processing of Leadership Information

Authors
  • Lord, Robert G.
  • Epitropaki, Olga
  • Foti, Roseanne J.
  • Hansbrough, Tiffany Keller
Type
Published Article
Publisher
Annual Reviews
Publication Date
Jan 21, 2020
Volume
7
Pages
49–74
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1146/annurev-orgpsych-012119-045434
Source
Annual Reviews
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Abstract

We offer a comprehensive review of the theoretical underpinnings and existing empirical evidence in the implicit leadership and implicit followership theories domain. After briefly touching on the historical roots of information-processing approaches to leadership and leader categorization theory, we focus on current contextualized and dynamic perspectives. We specifically present neural network approaches and adaptive resonance processes that guide leadership perceptions. We further address measurement issues, emerging areas of study such as implicit leadership theories, and identity and cross-cultural issues. We offer specific avenues for future research in the form of a systematic list of unanswered research questions and further outline leadership development implications.

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