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date: 17 November 2019

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This chapter provides a summary of the research linking leader–member exchange (LMX) to career success and mobility. Theoretical perspectives linking LMX to the different types of career success, including social exchange and tournament theories, are briefly reviewed. A typology of career success, built around the dimensions of extrinsic–intrinsic and subjective–objective indicators, is then introduced. This broad definition of career success includes traditional career outcomes such as promotions and turnover as well as skill development, perceived career opportunities, and career satisfaction. A narrative review of empirical research linking LMX to these career outcomes is then provided. The chapter concludes with suggestions for theoretically advancing this research stream and offers insights for individuals, leaders, and organizations managing career success.

Keywords: LMX, Career success, Turnover, Career satisfaction, Career mobility

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