Followers feel valued - When leaders' regulatory focus makes leaders exhibit behavior that fits followers' regulatory focus

Melvyn R. W. Hamstra*, Kai Sassenberg, Nico W. Van Yperen, Barbara Wisse

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When do followers feel valued by their leader? we propose that leaders' regulatory focus can make followers feel valued when leaders' regulatory focus is the same as followers' regulatory focus, that is, when there is regulatory fit between leaders and followers. We further propose that the reason why this occurs is that leaders' regulatory focus impacts on their transformationaltransactional leadership, and these behavioral styles in turn also differentially fit followers' regulatory focus. Results from a group experiment supported these expectations. Followers felt valued by their leaders when the two parties' regulatory foci fit, and this effect resulted from leaders' transformational and transactional leadership behavior.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-40
JournalJournal of Experimental Social Psychology
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Regulatory focus
  • Regulatory fit
  • Leadership styles
  • Transformational
  • Transactional
  • Feeling valued

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