Pygmalion and Employee Learning: The Role of Leader Behaviors

  title={Pygmalion and Employee Learning: The Role of Leader Behaviors},
  author={Xander M. Bezuijen and Peter Van den Berg and Karen van Dam and Henk Thierry},
  journal={Journal of Management},
  pages={1248 - 1267}
The aim of this study was to investigate which leader behaviors mediate the relationship between leader expectations and employee engagement in learning activities. Based on Rosenthal’s Pygmalion model, five potential mediators of the Pygmalion effect were distinguished: leader—member exchange relationship, goal setting (i.e., goal specificity, goal difficulty), providing learning opportunities, and feedback. Data from 904 manager—subordinate dyads in six organizations showed that leader… 

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