180 LEADERSHIP THEORY AND PRACTICELMX 7 QuestionnaireInstructions: This questionnaire contains items that ask you to describe yourrelationship with either your leader or one of your subordinates. For each ofthe items, indicate the degree to which you think the item is true for you bycircling one of the responses that appear below the item.1. Do you know where you stand with your leader (follower) …[and] do youusually know how satisfied your leader (follower) is with what you do?Rarely Occasionally Sometimes Fairly often Very often1 2 3 4 52. How well does your leader (follower) understand your job problems and needs?Not a bit A little A fair amount Quite a bit A great deal1 2 3 4 53. How well does your leader (follower) recognize your potential?Not at all A little Moderately Mostly Fully1 2 3 4 54. Regardless of how much formal authority your leader (follower) has builtinto his or her position, what are the chances that your leader (follower)would use his or her power to help you solve problems in your work?None Small Moderate High Very high1 2 3 4 55. Again, regardless of the amount of formal authority your leader (follower) has,what are the chances that he or she would “bail you out” at his or her expense?None Small Moderate High Very high1 2 3 4 56. I have enough confidence in my leader (follower) that I would defend andjustify his or her decision if he or she were not present to do so.Strongly disagree Disagree Neutral Agree Strongly agree1 2 3 4 57. How would you characterize your working relationship with your leader(follower)? Extremelyineffective1Worse thanaverage2Better thanaverage4Extremelyeffective5Average3 Chapter 8 Leader–Member Exchange Theory 181By completing the LMX 7, you can gain a fuller understanding of how LMXtheory works. The score you obtain on the questionnaire reflects the qualityof your leader–member relationships, and indicates the degree to which yourrelationships are characteristic of partnerships, as described in the LMX model.You can complete the questionnaire both as a leader and as a subordinate.In the leader role, you would complete the questionnaire multiple times,assessing the quality of the relationships you have with each of your subordinates. In the subordinate role, you would complete the questionnaire based onthe leaders to whom you report.Scoring InterpretationAlthough the LMX 7 is most commonly used by researchers to exploretheoretical questions, you can also use it to analyze your own leadership style.You can interpret your LMX 7 scores using the following guidelines: very high =30–35, high = 25–29, moderate = 20–24, low = 15–19, and very low = 7-14.Scores in the upper ranges indicate stronger, higher-quality leader–memberexchanges (e.g., in-group members), whereas scores in the lower ranges indicateexchanges of lesser quality (e.g., out-group members).SOURCE: Reprinted from “Relationship-Based Approach to Leadership: Developmentof Leader–Member Exchange (LMX) Theory of Leadership Over 25 Years: Applying aMulti-Level, Multi-Domain Perspective,” by G. B. Graen and M. Uhl-Bien, 1995,Leadership Quarterly, 6(2), 219–247. Copyright © 1995. Reprinted with permission fromElsevier Science.
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