The Impact of Follower Narcissism and LMX Perceptions on Feelings Envied and Job Performance
The International Journal of Human Resource Management
Feeling envied is often an unfortunate consequence of excelling at one’s job. Despite much evidence that envied employees are the targets of resentment and hostility, little is known regarding the antecedents and consequences of feeling envied in the workplace. The current study addresses (1) the effect of employee narcissism on feeling envied, (2) the interactive effect of narcissism and leader-member-exchange (LMX) on feeling envied, and (3) the relationship between feeling envied and performance. Hypotheses were tested using a sample of 20 locations of a restaurant chain (N = 184) and were supported. Specifically, narcissism positively affects feeling envied, which in turn negatively affects performance. Simple slopes analyses indicate that high narcissism and high LMX result in the highest levels of feeling envied while low narcissism and high LMX result in the lowest levels of feeling envied.
performance, leadership, envy, narcissism, leader-member exchange
Treadway, Darren C.; Yang, Jun; Bentley, Jeffrey R.; Williams, Lisa V.; and Reeves, Maiyuwai, "The Impact of Follower Narcissism and LMX Perceptions on Feelings Envied and Job Performance" (2017). Articles & Book Chapters. 523.