Politician personality, Machiavellianism and political skill as predictors of perfomance ratings in political roles
journal contributionposted on 17.07.2014, 13:52 authored by Joanne SilvesterJoanne Silvester, Madeleine Wyatt, Raymond Randall
This paper conceptualizes politicians as political workers. It describes a multimethod study with two aims: (1) to determine whether politicians share a latent mental model of performance in political roles, and (2) to test hypothesized relationships between politician self-rated characteristics (i.e. extroversion, neuroticism, conscientiousness, Machiavellianism and political skill) and received performance ratings from political colleagues and officers. 231 local politicians provided self-ratings on a political performance questionnaire developed following a role analysis, and standardized measures of personality. 185 also received performance ratings from colleagues (n = 749) and officers (n = 729). Exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses of self- and received performance ratings revealed five latent factors: Resilience, Politicking, Analytical Skills, Representing People and Relating to Others. Regression analyses found that neuroticism and conscientiousness contribute to received ratings of Resilience, and neuroticism contributes to received ratings of Analytical Skills.
The authors would like to thank the Improvement and Development Agency and the Leadership Centre for their support in conducting this research.
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