Contagious followers : upward emotional contagion and implications for leader mood, performance and perceptions

Tee, Yu Jin. (2006). Contagious followers : upward emotional contagion and implications for leader mood, performance and perceptions Honours Thesis, School of Business, The University of Queensland.

       
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Author Tee, Yu Jin.
Thesis Title Contagious followers : upward emotional contagion and implications for leader mood, performance and perceptions
School, Centre or Institute School of Business
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2006
Thesis type Honours Thesis
Total pages 90
Language eng
Subjects 14 Economics
Formatted abstract Can followers influence leaders with their moods? In a laboratory study, participants were assigned leader, follower or observer roles. Leaders (N=48) supervised two-person teams of followers who were instructed to display positive, neutral or negative mood. Observers provided an objective rating on the leader's mood, task effectiveness and decision speed displayed during the activity. Results indicate differential results for positive-mood and negative-mood contagion. The leader's positive mood was found to fully mediate the relationship between followers' mood on the leader's task effectiveness and perceptions of follower task achievements. Conversely, neurotic leaders were found to be more receptive of followers' negative mood, and performed less effectively when interacting with negative-mood followers.

 
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