Emotions running high: Examining the effects of supervisor and subordinate emotional stability on emotional exhaustion

Emily M. David (First Author), Mindy K. Shoss (Participant Author), L.Alan Witt (Participant Author), Lars U. Johnson (Participant Author)

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Abstract

We sought to better understand the impact of leader emotional stability on follower burnout. Drawing on conservation of resources theory, we examined the emotional exhaustion consequences of supervisor-subordinate emotional stability congruence. Study 1 consisted of 299 light construction and maintenance workers and their supervisors. Study 2 was comprised of 294 workers at a city permits office and their supervisors. As hypothesized, both samples revealed that the highest levels of subordinate emotional exhaustion occurred when both supervisor and subordinate emotional stability were low. Our polynomial regression results suggest that the effects of leader and follower emotional stability are not simply a matter of similarity; subordinates low in emotional stability are disproportionately and negatively impacted by a low-emotional stability leader.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Research in Personality
Volume84
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Corresponding author email

edavid@ceibs.edu

Keywords

  • Conservation of resources
  • Emotional exhaustion
  • Emotional stability
  • Leader personality
  • Personality congruence

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  • ABDC-A
  • Scopus
  • SSCI

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