The Importance of Empathy as a Distal Leadership Attribute in the Emergence of Leaders in Small Groups

Humphrey, Ronald and Kellett, Janet and Sleeth, Randy and Miao, Chao and Qian, Shanshan (2019) The Importance of Empathy as a Distal Leadership Attribute in the Emergence of Leaders in Small Groups. In: Emotions and Leadership. Research on Emotion in Organizations . Emerald, pp. 159-176. ISBN 9781838672027

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Abstract

Purpose To examine empathy as a trait that influences leadership behaviors, which, in turn, influence group decision-making. Design/Methodology/Approach This study uses an assessment center design to maximize internal validity. Findings The structural equation model shows that empathy strongly AU:1 relates to both relationship leadership and task leadership, while cognitive ability only relates to task leadership. Both relationship leadership and task leadership exert influence over group task choice and group decisions. Thus, empathy has its major effects through influencing leader behaviors, which, in turn, have distal impacts on outcomes such as influence over decisions. Research Limitations/Implications The study results should be further tested in field settings.

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02 Feb 2021 14:06
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