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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2015, Vol. 23 ›› Issue (11): 1991-2000.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2015.01991

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The Positive Effect of Leaders’ Negative Emotion on Subordinates’ Performance

MA Xueqian; WANG Hong; XIONG Guanxing; WANG Xiaotian; YAN Liang; LI Aimei   

  1. (Management School, Jinan University, Guangzhou 510632, China)
  • Received:2015-01-31 Online:2015-11-15 Published:2015-11-15
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It is an important issue about Leaders’ emotion and subordinates’performance in organizational behavior studies. Former studies put forward “symmetrical assumptions” to demonstrate the relation between the two factors; nevertheless, it is not always true in real management. Leaders’ negative emotional expression may produce positive results. By critically reviewing The Emotion as Social Information (EASI) model and former researches, we developed cognitive and emotional paths to systematically investigate the effect of mediator and moderator between Leaders’ emotion and subordinates’ performance. Future studies may focus on: (1) the timing and dosage of leaders’ negative emotional expression; (2) other kinds of leaders’ negative emotion on subordinates’ performance; (3) the difference of subordinates’ emotional reaction.

Key words: leader, negative emotion, subordinates&rsquo, performance, EASI, information processing