Research

The impact of positivity and transparency on trust in leaders and their perceived effectiveness

A critical challenge facing today's organizational leaders is gaining their followers' trust and having them view leaders as effective in addressing turmoil and change. Using a downsizing scenario as the context, this field experiment examined how a leader's positivity and transparency impacted followers' perceived trust, defined in terms of willingness to be vulnerable, and effectiveness of their leader. To test the hypotheses, 304 participants were randomly assigned to one of the four conditions of high (low) leader positivity

Publication Information
Article Title: The impact of positivity and transparency on trust in leaders and their perceived effectiveness
Journal: Leadership Quarterly (2010)
Author(s): Norman, Steven M.;  Avolio, Bruce J.;  Luthans, Fred
Researcher Information
    
Luthans, Fred
Luthans, Fred
Emeritus
Expertise:
  • Positive Leadership
  • Psychological Capital
  • Organizational Behavior
Management
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University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68588-0491, USA
Phone: (402) 472-2324
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