Research suggests that leader displays of positive affect are conducive to attributions of charisma. We qualify and extend this conclusion by arguing that this mainly holds for displays of positive affect that are associated with high levels of arousal. Results of a scenario experiment and a survey support this hypothesis, and show that besides the transfer of positive feelings per se, it is the transfer of arousal that mediates the relationship between leader affective displays and attributions of charisma.

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Keywords Arousal, Charisma, Leader Affect, Positive Feelings
Publisher Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM)
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Damen, F.J.A., van Knippenberg, D.L., & van Knippenberg, B.. (2007). Leader Affective Displays and Attributions of Charisma: The Role of Arousal (No. ERS-2007-067-ORG). ERIM report series research in management Erasmus Research Institute of Management. Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM). Retrieved from