Leader Affective Displays and Attributions of Charisma: The Role of Arousal
Article first published online: 24 SEP 2008
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Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 38, Issue 10, pages 2594–2614, October 2008
How to Cite
Damen, F., Van Knippenberg, D. and Van Knippenberg, B. (2008), Leader Affective Displays and Attributions of Charisma: The Role of Arousal. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 38: 2594–2614. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2008.00405.x
- Issue published online: 24 SEP 2008
- Article first published online: 24 SEP 2008
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.