Edited by Neal M. Ashkanasy and Cary L. Cooper
Chapter 27: Research Trends in Emotions and Leadership
Ronald H. Humphrey, Janet B. Kellett, Randall G. Sleeth and Nathan S. Hartman Introduction The last few years have seen an explosive growth in the number of publications on emotions and leadership. Emotions and aﬀective variables have been incorporated in to virtually all of the major leadership approaches. Even attributional and sense-making models of leadership – which traditionally have taken a purely cognitive approach – now have some researchers including aﬀective variables in their models. In this chapter we shall outline some of the more promising research trends in the area of emotions and leadership. We start by discussing how researchers have related core emotional traits/competencies to traits traditionally studied by leadership researchers, such as intelligence. These studies show that emotional intelligence/competencies add additional explanatory value over and above that of previously studied traits and skills. The next sections will explain the basic concepts behind emotion research while linking these concepts to important leadership roles. For example, we shall explain the core concepts behind aﬀective events theory (AET) and show how researchers have related AET to leaders’ inﬂuence over team members’ moods and emotions. The last sections of the chapter will then discuss speciﬁc leadership models, such as transformational leadership theory or LMX, and talk about how researchers have incorporated emotions into these models. We shall also discuss how leading with emotions contributes to ethical behavior. Throughout the chapter, we shall suggest research areas that oﬀer promising chances for new breakthroughs and research streams. Emotions and...
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