The role of leadership perception as a mediator between managers' self-monitoring and subordinate attitudes

Turetgen İ. , Unsal P. , Dural U.

JOURNAL OF SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY, vol.157, no.3, pp.295-307, 2017 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 157 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/00224545.2016.1192096
  • Page Numbers: pp.295-307


Although the role of social cognition in leadership perception has been emphasized frequently in recent years, research using this approach in an organizational context is rare. This study investigated subordinates' perceptions of their managers as leaders (that is, to what extent they perceive their manager as a leader) as a potential mediating factor explaining the relationship between managers' self-monitoring and their subordinates' attitudes toward their organizations. The study was carried out with middle-level managers (N=64) and their subordinates (N=210) from various business organizations in Turkey. Results indicate that subordinates' leadership perceptions of their managers mediate the relationship between managers' self-monitoring and their subordinates' affective and normative organizational commitment. These results provide insight into some of the antecedents and outcomes of leadership perception.