The aim of the current study was to examine the HEXACO personality traits in relation to followers’ preference for charismatic, relationship-oriented, and task-oriented leadership. Based on the similarity perspective, we expected followers high on HonestyHumility, Extraversion, and Openness to Experience to prefer a charismatic leader, and those followers high on conscientiousness and low on Openness to Experience to prefer a task-oriented leader. In addition, from a need fulfillment perspective, we expected followers high on Emotionality to prefer a task- and a relationship-oriented leader. We examined these expectations using paper vignette methodology in a sample of 272 undergraduates. The results showed that most participants preferred a relationshiporiented leader over a charismatic or task-oriented leader. In addition, we found support for all our hypotheses, with the exception of the relations between Honesty-Humility and preference for charismatic leadership, and Conscientiousness and preference for task-oriented leadership. Our findings contribute to the nomological network of the role of follower characteristics in the leaderfollower relationship. Implications and suggestions for research on charismatic leadership are provided.

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Keywords Charismatic leadership . Big Five . HEXACO . Leadership . Preference for leadership
Persistent URL hdl.handle.net/1765/122510
Journal Journal of Business & Psychology
Citation
Breevaart, K, & de Vries, R. E. (2019). Followers’ HEXACO personality traits and preference for charismatic, relationship-oriented, and task-oriented leadership. Journal of Business & Psychology. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/122510