Unpacking Charismatic Leadership of Top Management Teams : A Cross-Level Investigation

Backmann, J.; de Groote, Julia Katharina; Razinskas, S. (2017). Unpacking Charismatic Leadership of Top Management Teams : A Cross-Level Investigation. Academy of Management Proceedings, 2017(1), p. 15430. New York: Academy of Management 10.5465/AMBPP.2017.15430abstract

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Do charismatic leadership behaviors of the top management team matter? While such behaviors of the CEO have been found to relate to a variety of positive performance- related outcomes at the firm and individual levels, the leadership literature remains largely silent about the transferability of the charismatic leadership concept to top management teams. According to the upper echelon theory, however, the top management team (TMT) is instrumental in shaping performance outcomes. This makes studies on TMTs and their way of leading organizations particularly relevant. Therefore, this study aims to unpack the effects of TMTs’ charismatic leadership behaviors. Drawing on cross-level data from 274 employees working in 59 organizations, we found that charismatic leadership behaviors of TMTs positively predict their employees’ affective commitment. Moreover, this cross- level relationship is revealed to be jointly moderated by the employees’ frequency of interactions with their TMT and their organization’s ethical climate (i.e., profit versus caring climate). Thus, this study demonstrates the concept of charismatic leadership effectively applied in TMTs, offering important implications for scholars and practitioners.

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Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)


03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Business Management > Institute of Organization and Human Resource Management > Human Resource Management

UniBE Contributor:

de Groote, Julia Katharina


600 Technology > 650 Management & public relations




Academy of Management




Nicole Oehrli

Date Deposited:

04 Apr 2018 10:44

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04 Sep 2018 11:36

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