2016 Kenneth E. Clark Award Winner

Kyoung Yong Kim - Assistant Professor, Management Department, College of Business, City University of Hong Kong

Supportive Leadership: A Conditional Process Model Linking Leadership, Climate, and Horizontal Relationships Between Subordinates


Kyoung Yong Kim

Abstract: Little attention has been paid to the ways in which supportive leadership affects horizontal relationships between subordinates. Using psychological climate theory, a conditional process model was developed by which supportive leadership influences team-member exchange (TMX) via supportive climate, and the relationship between TMX and individual employee's job performance is moderated by group-mean TMX. To test the proposed model, four studies were conducted. The results provide compelling evidence that supportive leadership via supportive climate enhances TMX, which in turn, improves individual employee's job performance especially in a group with low group-mean TMX. The paper concludes with a discussion of the theoretical and practical implications of the findings.

The ILA is pleased to partner with the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) on the Kenneth E. Clark Student Research Award. CCL is a top-ranked, global provider of executive education. Founded in 1970 as a nonprofit, CCL helps clients around the world to cultivate creative leadership – the capacity to achieve more than imagined by thinking and acting beyond boundaries. The award is named in honor of the distinguished scholar and former Chief Executive Officer of CCL and recognizes unpublished student papers on leadership or leadership development. Recipients are honored during the closing plenary and invited to give a talk on their work at the annual global conference.


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