The implications of emotional distance on construal level of leadership

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    This chapter deals with the issue of distance between leaders and followers. I claim that distance from a leader is not only a reflection of time and space (i.e., objective distance) but also connected to followers’ emotions toward the leader manifested in their construal of their leaders. I report the findings of initial investigations that demonstrate how the patterns of construal of leaders as close or distant can be explained by construal level theory as well as through psychological theories of emotions. Finally, I discuss implications to theories of leadership and followership.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationMonographs in Leadership and Management
    PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Ltd.
    Number of pages14
    StatePublished - 2018

    Publication series

    NameMonographs in Leadership and Management
    ISSN (Print)1479-3571

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    • Construal level
    • Emotional distance
    • Emotionally close leaders
    • Emotionally distant leaders
    • Objective distance

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Strategy and Management


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