Emotional Self-Leadership: How Leader Emotion and Self-Leadership Intersect

Staff in Woodlands office, Bedford, February 2010.

[We’re pleased to welcome Charles Manz of University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Charles recently published an article in Journal of Leadership & Organizational Studies with co-auhtors Jeffrey D. Houghton, Christopher P. Neck, Mel Fugate, and Craig Pearce entitled “Whistle While You Work: Toward a Model of Emotional Self-Leadership”. Charles discusses the article:]

A primary reason that I was especially interested in working on the article “Whistle While You Work: Toward a Model of Emotional Self-Leadership,” which is forthcoming in Journal of Leadership and Organization Studies, is that it afforded the opportunity to spend time and work with some of my favorite colleagues — my co-authors on the article Jeff Houghton, Chris Neck, Mel Fugate and Craig Pearce. When ever possible I personally try to choose ways to make my own work naturally enjoyable — that is, ways to essentially  “Whistle While I Work” — and for me JLOworking with these thoughtful, competent, and good and fun people, does just that. I have found collaboration is one of the most enriching features we can choose as academics, especially when we collaborate with colleagues we can learn from and enjoy being around.

Of course, it also nice that our work is now being published (providing a chance for our team to enjoy a celebration) and that our article puts a self-leadership-of-emotion stake in the ground adding to the rich literature on emotion at work. For several years our co-author team has been exploring ways to contribute to and help expand the existing work on personal influence of emotion (e.g., emotion regulation, emotional labor, etc.). In our article we introduce a model of emotional self-leadership along with propositions that we hope might inspire future research. More specifically, we explore intrapersonal and interpersonal aspects of emotional self-leadership and its inherent challenges and opportunities and we examine how emotional self-leadership strategies can be used to shape emotional experiences, emotional authenticity, and other work-related outcomes.

The abstract for the article:

There has been a growing interest in leader emotion in organizational scholarship. Concomitantly, the body of research on self-leadership continues to expand. Nonetheless, relatively little work has focused on emotional self-leadership. We address this void by exploring intrapersonal and interpersonal aspects of emotional self-leadership and its inherent challenges and opportunities. Specifically, we examine how emotional self-leadership strategies can be used to shape emotional experiences, emotional authenticity, and other work-related outcomes. We offer an emotional self-leadership model, research propositions, and implications for research and practice.

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