Stirring the Hearts of Followers: Charismatic Leadership as the Transferal of Affect

Amir Erez, Vilmos F. Misangyi, Diane E. Johnson, Marcie A. LePine, Kent C. Halverson

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In 2 studies, the authors found that leader charisma was positively associated with followers' positive affect and negatively associated with followers' negative affect. The authors hypothesized that leaders' positive affect, positive expression, and aroused behavior will mediate these relationships. The results of their lab study suggest that leaders' positive expression and aroused behavior mediated these relationships. A field study showed that firefighters under the command of a charismatic officer were happier than those under the command of a non-charismatic officer and that these relationships were mediated by the leader's positive affect and a tendency to express positivity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)602-616
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Applied Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • affects
  • arousal
  • charisma
  • expressiveness
  • followers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology


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