Team leaders' emotional intelligence, personality, and empowering behavior: An investigation of their relations to team climate

Dong Liu, Chi Sum Wong, Ping Ping Fu

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Abstract

Leaders' emotional intelligence (EI), personality, and empowering behavior have been heavily studied in the organizational behavior literature. To date, the majority of research on EI and personality has shown their significant influence on personal outcomes. It has also been suggested that empowerment is a fundamental psychological mechanism underlying follower outcomes. Nevertheless, little attention has been paid to the effect of team leaders' EI and personality on team outcomes and the potential mediating effect of team leaders' empowering behavior. In this study, we developed theoretical rationale and empirically tested the effect of team leaders' EI and personality on team climate and the mediating role that team leaders' empowering behavior plays in this relationship. The results supported most of our hypothesized relationships, that is, the positive effects of team leaders' EI and agreeableness on team climate were mediated by team leaders' empowering behavior, whereas team leaders' openness to new experience was not related to empowering behavior and team climate. Finally, theoretical and practical implications were discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Global Leadership
Pages77-104
Number of pages28
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameAdvances in Global Leadership
Volume7
ISSN (Print)1535-1203

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)
  • Political Science and International Relations

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