LMX, coaching attributions, and employee performance

Christina Sue-Chan, Ziguang Chen, Kwok Yee Wing Lam

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We examined the relationship between leader-member exchange (LMX) quality and the attributions subordinates make about their supervisors' coaching of them. Data were collected from 270 supervisor-subordinate dyads. Subordinates reported that LMX was positively related to attributions that their supervisor's coaching was for the benefit of subordinates (other-focused interests), and negatively related to attributions that their supervisors' coaching was for the benefit of themselves (self-focused interests). Moreover, attributions partially mediated the relationship between LMX quality and both objective and subjective performance with subordinate-attributed supervisors' other-focused interests positively related to performance but subordinate-attributed supervisors' self-focused interests negatively related to performance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)466-498
Number of pages33
JournalGroup and Organization Management
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2011


  • coaching attributions
  • leader-member exchange
  • objective job performance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Applied Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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