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Paradoxical leadership (PL) is an emerging perspective to understand how leaders help followers deal with paradoxical demands. Recently, the positive relationship between PL and follower performance was established. We build on and extend this research by developing theory about mediation in the relationship between PL and adaptive and proactive performance. We present sensegiving about paradox as a core element of PL, which informs the choice of change-readiness as mediator. We provide a test of our mediation model with data from two different sources and two measurement times in a German company. Multilevel mediation analysis (N = 154) supports our model.

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Leadership approach that addresses polarities helps employees to change effectively.

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This page is a summary of: Paradoxical leadership as sensegiving: stimulating change-readiness and change-oriented performance, Leadership & Organization Development Journal, January 2022, Emerald, DOI: 10.1108/lodj-04-2021-0161.
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