Joy. Sorrow. Guilt. Anger. Are emotional leaders received well by employees? Perceived as sincere? Motivational? A new series of studies by UW Foster School of Business researchers explores this topic and found followers are skeptical of sincerity when leaders emote negatively. Doctoral student Marion Eberly and Christina Fong, assistant professor of management and organization at the Foster School conducted a study and are doing ongoing research on the effects of emotions in leadership.
Mid-career professionals: Take a short survey of your experience with emotions in leaders or supervisors. Do you work for a manager who expressed either positive or negative emotions? How did that impact you? Express yourself in a study and contribute to ongoing research about the effects of emotional leaders.