Providing Feedback on Leadership Potential Affects Employee Performance

Research has found that performance evaluations, positive and negative, can influence employees’ motivation to work. Studies have shown that this is because the performance evaluations tell employees how well they perform compared to their peers, and in turn, how central they are to their organization.

However, performance evaluations only address how well employees meet the expectations of their current job. Little is known about how feedback regarding leadership potential can impact employee motivation. This information could be helpful to leaders who are trying to groom future organizational leaders.

Researchers (Steffens et al., 2018) conducted two studies. The first was to determine how feedback on leadership potential could impact employee leadership ambition and organizational commitment. The second was to determine how such feedback could impact employee perception of procedural fairness and subsequent job performance.

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