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Leader-Member Exchange

(a). Based on the LMX Theory and Table 8.1 "Phases in Leadership Making" found on page 166 of the Leadership pdf, what phase best describes Sir Ernest Shackleton's relationship with his men? Explain your answer.

(b). As a follower, share your LMX 7 Questionnaire score and define the quality of your leader-member exchange as either very high, high, moderate, low, or very low.

(c). Again, as a follower, share any positive or negative consequences that you have observed with "in-groups" and "out-groups " in your organization (present or past). Did you feel that the members in the "out-groups" had the opportunity to join the "in-group" or did you feel that they were excluded by the leader?

Here are the references, stated within the questions, that I have attached:
*Chapter 8 "Leader-Member Exchange (LMX) Theory" pdf
*Chapter 9 "Inspire" in the Great Motivation Secrets of Great Leaders pdf


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a. He was in the third phase. He led, but the others followed and made decisions for themselves. He provided guidance, but left the others to create their world as they needed to. This is apparent in leaving them with the decision of what to take with them, when the crew abandoned ship. He let them choose what they wanted to take, limited by his command. He did encourage choices, in one case, the banjo. He knew that the trip would be arduous and he used levity and ...

Solution Summary

The Solution uses the Leader-Member Exchange theory to analyse Sir Ernest Shackleton's relationships with his team, and provides an example of an LMX response for the Expert and their organization.