Quotation Loignon, Andrew C., Kodydek, Georg. 2021. The Effects of Objective and Subjective Social Class on Leadership Emergence. Journal of Management Studies (JMS).




We develop and test predictions about how differences in people’s social class backgrounds, as well as interpersonal perceptions of social class, influence leadership emergence as teams change tasks and group membership. Drawing on adaptive leadership theory, we test distinct pathways for how team members’ social class backgrounds contribute to their likelihood of emerging as a leader. Using data from two samples consisting of 90 teams and over 500 individuals, we find consistent support for a person’s objective class background informing subjective perceptions of social class, which in turn predict leadership emergence. Our findings extend recent research examining the relevance of social class in leadership research by demonstrating how interpersonal judgments of one’s class position contribute to leader emergence even as the group’s membership or task changes and irrespective of an individual’s performance. By examining the role of social class in these informal, yet important, attributions of leadership, our study identifies potential avenues by which class-based inequalities can be reproduced within contemporary organizations.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation External
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Journal of Management Studies (JMS)
Citation Index SSCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A
WU-Journal-Rating new FIN-A, INF-A, MAN-A+, STRAT-A, WH-A
Language English
Title The Effects of Objective and Subjective Social Class on Leadership Emergence
Year 2021
Reviewed? Y
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/joms.12769
Open Access Y
Open Access Link https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1111/joms.12769


Implizite Theorien der ethischen Führung
Kodydek, Georg (Details)
Loignon, Andrew C. (Louisiana State University, United States/USA)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5307 Business and management economics (Details)
5333 Business management (Details)
6123 Business ethics (Details)
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