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Benefits of transformational behaviors for leaders: a daily investigation of leader behavior and need fulfillment

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posted on 2016-01-01, 00:00 authored by Russell Johnson, K Lanaj, S M Lee
Although a large body of work has examined the benefits of transformational leadership, this work has predominantly focused on recipients of such behaviors. Recent research and theory, however, suggest that there are also benefits for those performing behaviors reflective of transformational leadership. Across 2 experience-sampling studies, we investigate the effects of such behaviors on actors’ daily affective states. Drawing from affective events theory and self-determination theory we hypothesize and find that engaging in behaviors reflective of transformational leadership is associated with improvement in actors’ daily affect, more so than engaging in behaviors reflective of transactional, consideration, initiating structure, and participative leadership. Behaviors reflective of transformational leadership improved actors’ affect in part by fulfilling their daily needs. Furthermore, extraversion and neuroticism moderated these effects such that extraverts benefitted less whereas neurotics benefitted more from these behaviors in terms of affective changes. We consider the theoretical and practical implications of these findings and offer directions for future research.

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Journal

Journal of applied psychology

Volume

101

Issue

2

Pagination

237 - 251

Publisher

American Psychological Association

Location

Washington, D.C.

ISSN

0021-9010

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal; C Journal article

Copyright notice

2015, American Psychological Association

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