Construct Validity of the Ideal Implicit Leadership Theories and Implicit Followership Theories

Andreea A. Petruş


This study provides preliminary evidence for the construct validity of the ideal implicit leadership theories (ILTs) and implicit followership theories (IFTs), measured with two largely used instruments. Due to the fact that two alternative conceptualizations of the ILTs and IFTs have been used in the literature, there are confusing findings and interpretations. One conceptualization covers the ideal leader and the ideal follower profiles (i.e., extreme members of their categories), while the other covers the typical leader and the typical follower profiles (i.e., average members of their categories). Nevertheless, the construct validity of the ideal alternatives has not been assessed so far. Based on data collected from a sample of 269 Romanian employees in various industries, the results support adequate fit with the original, central-tendency version factor structure. However, limited support for convergent validity indicates that future studies should consider alternative measures of ideal ILTs and IFTs. Limitations, contributions and future directions are discussed.


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