The Role of Leader Support in Facilitating Proactive Work Behavior

Chia-Huei Wu, Sharon K. Parker
  • Journal of Management, July 2016, SAGE Publications
  • DOI: 10.1177/0149206314544745

When individuals are insecure in their attachment, leaders can make a powerful difference

What is it about?

Our research shows that, when individuals are less secure in their relationships with other people, they are less likely to be proactive at work. This makes sense because proactivity is a form of exploration, and - even amongst children - exploration has been shown to be greater when security is high. Importantly, we show that a supportive leader - someone who is encouraging and available - can make a difference and foster proactivity for insecurely attached individuals.

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