The vertical dyad linkage (VDL) model is a framework for understanding workplace leadership that focuses on the interactions between the leader (manager) and his or her subordinates. The name of the model reflects its focus on two people (a dyad) and the facts that the position of the leader is above that of the subordinate in terms of authority in the organization (vertical) and that there is interrelated behavior between them (linkage). The basic premise of VDL is that leaders develop separate exchange relationships with each subordinate. This premise challenges the dominant perspective in many behavioral and situational leadership models that leaders should adopt the same leadership style for all group members (sometimes referred to as average leadership style). This entry looks at the basic ...

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