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Emotion and attribution of intentionality in leader–member relationships
The Leadership Quarterly (2002)
  • Marie T Dasborough, University of Miami
In this article, we present a model of emotions and attributions of intentionality within the leader– member relationship. The model is predicated on two central ideas. The first is that leadership is intrinsically an emotional process, where leaders display emotion and attempt to evoke emotion in their members. The second is that leadership is a process of social interaction and is therefore appropriately defined in terms of social, psychological theories such as the attribution theory. Our focus is on the perspective of members, not the leaders. Specifically, members’ attributions about their leader’s intentions influence how the members evaluate, interpret, and eventually label the leader’s influence attempts as either ‘‘true’’ or ‘‘pseudo’’ transformational leadership. These attributions are determined by and themselves influence the members’ emotions. We describe each of the elements of the model and conclude with a discussion of the implications of the model for theory, research, and practice. D 2002 Elsevier Science Inc. All rights reserved.
  • emotion,
  • intentionality,
  • attribution,
  • leader-member relationships
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Marie T Dasborough. "Emotion and attribution of intentionality in leader–member relationships" The Leadership Quarterly Vol. 40 (2002)
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