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Politician personality, Machiavellianism and political skill as predictors of perfomance ratings in political roles

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posted on 17.07.2014, 13:52 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.

Funding

The authors would like to thank the Improvement and Development Agency and the Leadership Centre for their support in conducting this research.

History

School

  • Business and Economics

Department

  • Business

Published in

JOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL AND ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY

Volume

87

Issue

2

Pages

258 - 279 (22)

Citation

SILVESTER, J., WYATT, M. and RANDALL, R., 2014. Politician personality, Machiavellianism and political skill as predictors of perfomance ratings in political roles. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 87 (2), pp. 258-279.

Publisher

Wiley (© British Psychological Society)

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publication date

2013-10-09

Copyright date

2014

Notes

This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: SILVESTER, J., WYATT, M. and RANDALL, R., 2014. Politician personality, Machiavellianism and political skill as predictors of perfomance ratings in political roles. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 87 (2), pp. 258-279, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/joop.12038. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.

ISSN

0963-1798

eISSN

2044-8325

Language

en