Leader Affective Displays and Attributions of Charisma: The Role of Arousal

37 Pages Posted: 27 Nov 2007

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Frederic Damen

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)

D.L. van Knippenberg

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

Barbara van Knippenberg-Wisse

Vrije Uniersiteit - Faculty of Psychology and Education

Date Written: October 30, 2007

Abstract

Research suggests that leader displays of positive affect are conducive to attributions of charisma. We qualify and extend this conclusion by arguing that this mainly holds for displays of positive affect that are associated with high levels of arousal. Results of a scenario experiment and a survey support this hypothesis, and show that besides the transfer of positive feelings per se, it is the transfer of arousal that mediates the relationship between leader affective displays and attributions of charisma.

Keywords: Arousal, Charisma, Leader Affect, Positive Feelings

Suggested Citation

Damen, Frederic and Van Knippenberg, Daan and van Knippenberg-Wisse, Barbara, Leader Affective Displays and Attributions of Charisma: The Role of Arousal (October 30, 2007). ERIM Report Series Reference No. ERS-2007-067-ORG, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1032755

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Daan Van Knippenberg

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Barbara Van Knippenberg-Wisse

Vrije Uniersiteit - Faculty of Psychology and Education ( email )

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