Collective‐efficacy as a mediator of the relationship of leaders' personality traits and team performance: A cross‐level analysis

Xiaoshan Li, Mingjie Zhou, Na Zhao, Shanshan Zhang, Jianxin Zhang
Published Online:
14 Aug 2014
Volume/Issue No:
Volume 50 Issue 3

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The relationship between a leader's personality and his team's performance has been established in organisational research, but the underlying process and mechanism responsible for this effect have not been fully explored. Both the traditional multiple linear regression and the multilevel structural equation model approaches were used in this study to test a proposed mediating model of subordinates' perception of collective efficacy between leader personality and team performance. The results show that the team leader's extraversion and conscientiousness personality traits were related positively to both the team‐average (individual) perception of collective efficacy and team performance, and the collective efficacy mediated the relationship of the leader's personality traits and team performance. This study also discusses how Chinese cultural elements play a role in such a mediating model.

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