The first two authors contributed equally to this project, and thus the order of authorship is alphabetical.
Positive affectivity neutralizes transformational leadership's influence on creative performance and organizational citizenship behaviors
Article first published online: 2 OCT 2012
Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Journal of Organizational Behavior
Volume 34, Issue 8, pages 1061–1075, November 2013
How to Cite
Gilmore, P. L., Hu, X., Wei, F., Tetrick, L. E. and Zaccaro, S. J. (2013), Positive affectivity neutralizes transformational leadership's influence on creative performance and organizational citizenship behaviors. J. Organiz. Behav., 34: 1061–1075. doi: 10.1002/job.1833
- Issue published online: 22 OCT 2013
- Article first published online: 2 OCT 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 6 SEP 2012
- Manuscript Received: 1 FEB 2012
- interactionist approach;
- transformational leadership;
- creative performance;
- organizational citizenship behaviors;
- trait positive affectivity
This study uses an interactionist approach to examine the moderating effect of follower trait positive affectivity (trait PA) on the relation between transformational leadership and both follower creative performance and organizational citizenship behaviors (OCB). On the basis of responses from 212 employees and their direct supervisors from the research and development department of a company in Mainland China, results support the hypothesized moderation effect. Specifically, the positive influence of transformational leadership on creative performance was significantly reduced for followers who were higher on trait PA (ΔR2 = .02, p < .05). The same pattern, in which followers' trait PA appeared to substitute for the influence of transformational leadership, generalized to the outcome of follower OCB as well (ΔR2 = .04, p < .01). We discussed theoretical and practical implications of these findings. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.