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Leadership quality and follower affect - A study of U.S. presidential candidates: Working paper series--07-02

Albritton, M. David and Oswald, Sharon L. and Anderson, Joseph S. (2007) Leadership quality and follower affect - A study of U.S. presidential candidates: Working paper series--07-02. Working Paper. NAU W.A. Franke College of Business.


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Using data from the seven most recent US presidential elections, two related analyses are conducted. The first presents an analysis of variance comparing Democratic and Republican Party candidates who were successful in securing votes to those who were unsuccessful in securing votes, using follower perceptions of candidate intelligence, candidate's degree of charisma, and follower feelings of positive and negative affect toward these candidates as the units for analysis. Here, perceived intelligence, feelings of pride and hope, as well as feelings of fear and anger, were found to be statistically different between the two groups. Specifically, candidates perceived to be higher in intelligence, who generated stronger feelings of pride and hope, and weaker feelings of fear and anger were more likely to receive voting support from their followers. The second analysis presents a regression model using follower assessments of candidates' leadership quality as dependent upon certain leader perceptual traits, including follower assessments of candidate intelligence and inspirational qualities, as well as follower affective responses (in terms of feelings of pride, hope, fear and anger) toward all candidates. Here, candidates perceived to be higher in intelligence, perceived to possess stronger degrees of inspirational quality, and who were judged more "likeable" in terms of generating stronger degrees of positive follower affect and lower degrees of negative follower affect are considered better quality leaders.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Publisher’s Statement: Copyright, where appropriate, is held by the author.
ID number or DOI: 07-02
Keywords: Working paper, leadership qualities, likability, presidential hopefuls
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
NAU Depositing Author Academic Status: Faculty/Staff
Department/Unit: The W.A. Franke College of Business
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2015 01:41
URI: http://openknowledge.nau.edu/id/eprint/1544

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