Visionary communication qualities as mediators of the relationship between narcissism and attributions of leader charisma

Benjamin M. Galvin, David Waldman, Pierre Balthazard

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Abstract

This study seeks to answer questions that have been raised regarding the precise nature of the relationship between narcissism and charismatic leadership. Specifically, we test a model that portrays the roles of socialized vision and visionary boldness as mediators in the relationship between narcissism and attributions of leader charisma. Our findings suggest that narcissism is positively related to vision boldness but negatively related to socialized vision. In turn, both aspects of vision are positively associated with attributions of leader charisma. These results add clarity to the literature regarding the personal basis of charismatic leadership by providing insight into how aspects of visionary communication may mediate the indirect relationship between narcissism and attributions of charismatic leadership.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)509-537
Number of pages29
JournalPersonnel Psychology
Volume63
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2010

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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