Prior research concerning LMX theory and team member cohesion was limited. Thus, the present study was created to determine if LMX theory could be used as a predictor of team member cohesion. The two streams of literature used for the current study were LMX theory and team member cohesion. A greater understanding of the LMX relationship beyond the dyadic relationship of one follower and one leader allows the leader to gain a greater understanding of how the dyadic relationship can influence those outside the dyad. Additionally, an understanding of how dyadic relationships influence teams allows leaders to understand how such relationships influence followers outside of the dyad.
Leaders can thus gain a greater understanding of how the dyadic relationship influences the overall team. To determine if LMX theory could be used as a predictor of team member cohesion, two survey instruments were utilized. LMX 7 was used to evaluate the quality of the LMX relationship between the follower and the leader, while individual team member cohesion was measured using the Group Environment Questionnaire. Responses gathered from the survey instruments were analyzed using a correlation test (Pearson’‘s Coefficient), factor analysis, and cluster analysis. The investigation targeted individuals who were 18 years or older and who had served as a team member. Research participants were recruited from Facebook, LinkedIn, and e-mail solicitation. The results showed that a correlation exists between the LMX relationship and individual team member cohesion.
leadership, LMX, predictor