Impact of followers’ self- expansion on relationship between transformational leadership and follower’s identity
Transformational leaders motivate their followers towards the transcendental goals and for higher level of self-actualization for the better benefit of larger group instead of working towards self-interest. The transformational leadership behavioraffects the followers’ identification with the leader or the group. The process and the mechanism involved in the transformational leadership by which the followers’ self-concept can be changed might be explained through self-expansion theory. Self-expansion is a process that occurs in close relationships, where one person will include another into his or her concept of the self. Self-expansion theory explains and describes the change to people's identities, resources, and perspectives that occur in relationships. Followers look forward for opportunity to expand their self when they feel that the potential self is better than the present self. So when transformational leader’s behavior makes the followers to believe that their self is expanded towards betterment, other goals can be achieved. This paper gives the conceptual framework of the mediating effect of followers’ self-expansion on the relationship between transformational leadership and followers’ self-concept.
Published in International Journal of Business and Administration Research Review (IJBARR) peer reviewed and referred journal, Volume- 2, Issue- 1, 2016, pp. 221-226.
PonmythiliMuppidathi, Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai