Leadership‐motivated excellence theory: an extension of LMX

George B. Graen (University of Illinois C‐U (Retired), Champaign, Illinois, USA)
William A. Schiemann (Metrus Institute, Sommerville, New Jersey, USA)

Journal of Managerial Psychology

ISSN: 0268-3946

Publication date: 28 June 2013

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to review and extend leader‐member‐exchange theory (LMX). It also describes the new “Leadership‐Motivated Excellence Theory” (LMX‐T), and its implications for managing members of new generations.

Design/methodology/approach

This is a conceptual paper and does not employ research methods.

Findings

Recent findings included in this review and extension of LMX theory suggest that members of the millennial generation (born 1978‐1996) are having difficulties in finding a common ground with their chosen career organization after college. The new LMX‐T suggests that forming unique strategic alliances with team members may increase the inclusion of these generational members, and help them tackle common organizational problems.

Practical implications

The review of the new Leadership‐Motivated Excellence Theory suggests that managers may want to redesign their managerial leadership climate to make it more “millennial friendly”.

Originality/value

This review provides a unique perspective on the employee development needed for new generations of employees.

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Citation

Graen, G. and Schiemann, W. (2013), "Leadership‐motivated excellence theory: an extension of LMX", Journal of Managerial Psychology, Vol. 28 No. 5, pp. 452-469. https://doi.org/10.1108/JMP-11-2012-0351

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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