Reducing organizational politics in performance appraisal: The role of coaching leaders for age-diverse employees

Silvia Dello Russo, Mariella Miraglia, Laura Borgogni

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We examined whether a supervisor's coaching leadership style predicts the perception of organizational politics in performance appraisal (OPPA) reported by the collaborators. Additionally, we drew on social cognition and motivational life-span development theories to hypothesize age-related differences in perceived OPPA and its link with the coaching leadership style. Using hierarchical linear modeling (HLM) on a sample of 576 employees and 112 leaders, we found that coaching leaders are perceived as less manipulative in their performance ratings, especially by older employees. This article includes a discussion of the implications these results have for performance management of an age-diverse workforce.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)769–783
Number of pages15
JournalHuman Resource Management
Issue number5
Early online date17 Aug 2016
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2017


  • performance management
  • performance appraisal
  • organizational politics
  • leadership style
  • age
  • coaching leadership
  • cross-level
  • HLM

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