Research

Experimentally Analyzing the Process and Impact of Leader Positivity on Follower Positivity and Performance

 

This field experimental study examined the role that positive leadership plays in

producing effective leader and follower outcomes. Specifically, a sample of engineers (N = 106) from a very large aerospace firm were randomly assigned to four experimental conditions. Two conditions involved assigning these engineers to a low and high problem complexity condition. The other two conditions represented high versus low conveyed leader positivity. The results indicated a positive relationship between the leaders’ positivity and the followers’ positivity and performance , as well as a negative relationship between problem complexity and follower positivity. The study limitations, needed future research, and practical implications of these findings conclude the article.

 

 

 

Publication Information
Article Title: Experimentally Analyzing the Process and Impact of Leader Positivity on Follower Positivity and Performance
Journal: Leadership Quarterly (2010)
Author(s): Avey, James B.;  Avolio, Bruce J.;  Luthans, Fred
Researcher Information
    
Luthans, Fred
Luthans, Fred
Emeritus
Expertise:
  • Positive Leadership
  • Psychological Capital
  • Organizational Behavior
Management
CoB 325 AA
P.O. Box 880491
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68588-0491, USA
Phone: (402) 472-2324
fluthans1@unl.edu