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date: 18 November 2019

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This chapter reviews the literature around leader and follower personality and how they are related to leader and follower ratings of Leader–Member Exchange (LMX). The majority of LMX research assesses LMX from a follower point of view, but some work is available on leader ratings of LMX. With regard to the Big Five, follower characteristics seem more relevant to LMX ratings than leader characteristics. Although a secure attachment style of both leader and follower seems to be conducive to LMX, there is some argument that combinations of attachment styles can be positive for LMX in the shorter or longer run. Future research into the negative characteristics of leaders and followers and their effect on LMX ratings is encouraged, as is research into the subdimension of the concept.

Keywords: Leader–Member Exchange, Personality, Big Five, Attachment style, Toxic triangle, Consensus, Agreement

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