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A self-regulation model of leader authenticity based on mindful self-regulated attention and political skill

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posted on 13.11.2019, 14:40 by Erik DietlErik Dietl, Jochen Reb
Despite much research on leader authenticity, its antecedents remain poorly understood. We develop a self-regulatory model of leader authenticity. The model explains how both mindful self-regulated attention and political skill, as well as their interaction, are important for leaders to be authentic, and ultimately effective. Mindful self-regulated attention—a core dimension of mindfulness defined as sustained attention centered on the present moment—helps leaders stay connected to their core self amid the busyness of their (work) lives, allowing leaders to feel authentic. And, particularly in combination with political skill—a social effectiveness construct—it helps leaders interact with their employees in a way that is experienced as authentic and effective. In an experimental study (Study 1), we found that leaders who mindfully self-regulate their attention feel more authentic. In a two-wave multi-source field study (Study 2), we found that leader self-regulated attention was positively associated with employee perceptions of leader authenticity and effectiveness. Further, this relation was stronger when leader political skill was high. We discuss theoretical and practical implications of this research.

History

School

  • Business and Economics

Department

  • Business

Published in

Human Relations

Volume

74

Issue

4

Pages

473-501

Publisher

SAGE Publications

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© The Authors

Publisher statement

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Acceptance date

25/09/2019

Publication date

2019-11-12

Copyright date

2021

ISSN

0018-7267

eISSN

1741-282X

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Erik Dietl. Deposit date: 12 November 2019