Speaking up to the “emotional vampire”

A conservation of resources perspective

Joel Carnevale, Lei Huang, Peter Harms

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Abstract

Although narcissists are commonly compared to “emotional vampires” who drain others of their energy, research examining the impact of narcissistic leadership on employee well-being and outcomes remain scant. Drawing from conservation of resources (COR) theory, we theorize that narcissistic leadership consumes employees’ emotional and cognitive resources, thus negatively affecting their work energy, and voice behavior. Moreover, we further investigate how leader team-oriented accountability, which helps to reduce narcissistic leaders’ self-serving tendencies, moderates this negative indirect effect. Three-wave survey data collected from 357 employees working at a large consulting firm (Study 1) and experimental data collected from 129 working professionals (Study 2) both provided support for the negative indirect effect of narcissistic leadership on employees’ voice via their work energy. Additionally, this negative indirect effect is significant only when leaders are not accountable towards their team and that such negative indirect effect becomes non-significant when leaders exhibit high team-oriented accountability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)48-59
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Business Research
Volume91
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2018

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Indirect effects
Conservation of resources
Emotion
Energy
Employees
Accountability
Consulting
Survey data
Employee voice
Resources
Voice behavior
Employee well-being
Team leaders

Keywords

  • Employee voice
  • Leader accountability
  • Narcissistic leadership
  • Work energy

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  • Marketing

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Speaking up to the “emotional vampire” : A conservation of resources perspective. / Carnevale, Joel; Huang, Lei; Harms, Peter.

In: Journal of Business Research, Vol. 91, 01.10.2018, p. 48-59.

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