Personality traits and organizational leaders' communication practices in the United States: perspectives of leaders and followers

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Abstract

Purpose: This study aims to examine the relationship between leaders' personality traits and their internal communication practices from the leaders' and the followers' perspectives. The effectiveness of leader communication on the followers' perceived relational quality with their organization is also tested. Design/methodology/approach: Two survey studies in the United States were conducted focusing on leaders' and followers' perspectives on communication practices, respectively. Findings: Results of Study 1 showed that leaders' self-reported extraversion, conscientiousness, agreeableness, emotional stability and openness to experience are all significantly and positively associated with their symmetrical and transparent communication practices. From the followers' perspective (Study 2), extraversion and agreeableness positively influenced symmetrical leader communication, while agreeableness and conscientiousness were positively related to transparent leader communication. Both symmetrical and transparent leader communication enhanced the followers' perceived relationship quality with their organization. Originality/value: The current study is among the first attempts to incorporate the trait theory of leadership in understanding organizational leaders' effective and ethical communication practices with their followers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalCorporate Communications
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2022
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Employee communications
  • Leadership
  • Relationship management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Industrial relations
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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