Historically organizational politics and political leader behavior have been framed and characterized negatively as self-serving and counter-productive. However scholars have noted that political acts can achieve positive ends and have called for further discussions of positive forms of political leadership. Continuing in this recent stream of research on positive perspectives on organizational politics a framework of leader political support is proposed suggesting that the positive features of leader political behavior and testable propositions are developed. The leader political support construct is defined and its antecedents are explicated utilizing a social capital perspective. Additionally social exchange theory is used to explain the consequences of leader political support.
Contributions to both leadership and organizational politics literatures and directions for future research are discussed.
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