Leader Affective Displays and Attributions of Charisma: The Role of Arousal
37 Pages Posted: 27 Nov 2007
Date Written: October 30, 2007
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
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