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Mood and the evaluation of leaders.

Schyns, B. and Sanders, K. (2003) 'Mood and the evaluation of leaders.', Current research in social psychology., 9 (4). pp. 50-59.


Research on the evaluation of leaders has shown that evaluation ratings are prone to several biases. The present study deals with one possible bias, namely, the relationship between mood and the perception or evaluation of a leader. The affect-as-information framework, which indicates that mood influences the response to certain kinds of questions, constitutes the theoretical background of the study. In the study, we ask students to indicate their mood, then to read a description of a leader (either transformational or transactional) and finally to evaluate the leader with respect to different leadership styles. The results indicate that mood is related to the perception of management-by-exception passive, but not others, e.g., transformational leadership. Reasons for these outcomes are discussed and implications for future research and organizational practice presented.

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Date deposited:07 January 2011
Date of first online publication:December 2003
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