Leader‐Member Exchange (LMX) and performance:a meta‐analytic review


This paper reports a meta-analysis that examines the relationship between leader-member exchange (LMX) relationship quality and a multidimensional model of work performance (task, citizenship, and counterproductive performance). The results show a positive relationship between LMX and task performance (146 samples, ρ = .30) as well as citizenship performance (97 samples, ρ = .34), and negatively with counterproductive performance (19 samples, ρ = -.24). Of note, there was a positive relationship between LMX and objective task performance (20 samples, ρ = .24). Trust, motivation, empowerment, and job satisfaction mediated the relationship between LMX and task and citizenship performance with trust in the leader having the largest effect. There was no difference due to LMX measurement instrument (e.g., LMX7, LMX-MDM). Overall, the relationship between LMX and performance was weaker when (a) measures were obtained from a different source or method and (b) LMX was measured by the follower than the leader (with common source- and method-biased effects stronger for leader-rated LMX quality). Finally, there was evidence for LMX leading to task performance but not for reverse or reciprocal directions of effects.

Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School
College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Work & Organisational Psychology
Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Martin, R, Guillaume, Y, Thomas, G, Lee, A & Epitropaki, O 2015, 'Leader‐Member Exchange (LMX) and performance: a meta‐analytic review' Personnel psychology, vol Accepted article, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/peps.12100. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.
Publication ISSN: 1744-6570
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2023 10:57
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2015 13:40
Full Text Link: 10.1111/peps.12100
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2016
Published Online Date: 2015-04-25
Accepted Date: 2015-01-19
Authors: Martin, Robin
Guillaume, Yves
Thomas, Geoff
Lee, Allan
Epitropaki, Olga



Version: Accepted Version

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