Transformational leadership, positive psychological traits, and firm performance

Suzanne Peterson, Fred O. Walumbwa, Kristin Byron, Jason Myrowitz

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This study examined the positive psychological traits of hope and optimism, transformational leadership, and firm performance in high-technology start-up and established firm contexts. Data were collected from 105 (i.e., 49 start-up and 56 established) firms. Results showed that CEO positive psychological traits positively related to transformational leadership ratings. Furthermore, transformational leadership related more strongly to firm performance in start-up than in established firm contexts. Finally, transformational leadership fully mediated the relationship between leader positive psychological traits and firm performance. Implications for theory and practice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAcademy of Management 2007 Annual Meeting: Doing Well by Doing Good, AOM 2007
StatePublished - 2007
Event67th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2007 - Philadelphia, PA, United States
Duration: Aug 3 2007Aug 8 2007


Other67th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2007
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPhiladelphia, PA


  • Firm performance
  • Positive psychology
  • Transformational leadership

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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