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Leader humor: a double-edged sword

Hu, Xiaoran ORCID: 0000-0002-3409-846X (2023) Leader humor: a double-edged sword. Current Opinion in Psychology, 54. ISSN 2352-250X

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.copsyc.2023.101698


Leader humor has been considered one of the most promising yet least understood influential tools by psychologists and management scholars. Here, I review the growing body of research on leader humor and its implications for followers and organizations, showing that despite being theorized as a positive leadership tool, leader humor can function as a double-edged sword in bringing both beneficial and detrimental outcomes for followers and organizations.In the process, I identify six distinct mechanisms (three positive and three negative) through which leader humor affects followers. In a way, leader humor can be used to reduce or increase the social and psychological distance between leaders and followers. I also discuss the directions for future research on leader humor.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2023 The Author
Divisions: Management
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2023 15:06
Last Modified: 08 Jul 2024 01:15

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