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Student leader LMX relationships as moderated by constructive-developmental theory

Shelly Morris Mumma, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


This study examined how the quality of Leader-Member Exchange (LMX) relationships was moderated by the Constructive-Developmental stage or Order of Consciousness of both leader and follower. Using student organization presidents and officers on a small, private, liberal arts college campus in the Midwest, the researcher used a sample of 37 students to study the impact developmental stage had on the leadership relationship. Using the Leader Member Exchange-Multi-Dimensional Measure (LMX-MDM), four dimensions of LMX were examined. The four dimensions were Affect, Contribution, Loyalty and Professional Respect. There was no significant relationship between Order of Consciousness and quality of LMX relationship. While there was no significant difference in LMX relationship based on gender of participants, there was a significant difference between how male presidents and officers perceived their relationship in the Loyalty dimension. Directions for further research and implications for practice were discussed.^

Subject Area

Education, Leadership|Psychology, Social|Education, Educational Psychology

Recommended Citation

Mumma, Shelly Morris, "Student leader LMX relationships as moderated by constructive-developmental theory" (2010). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI3412903.