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Politician personality, Machiavellianism, and political skill as predictors of performance ratings in political roles

Silvester, Jo, Wyatt, Madeleine, Randall, Ray (2014) Politician personality, Machiavellianism, and political skill as predictors of performance ratings in political roles. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 87 (2). pp. 258-279. ISSN 0963-1798. E-ISSN 2044-8325. (doi:10.1111/joop.12038) (KAR id:37198)


This study conceptualizes politicians as political workers. It describes a multimethod study with two aims: (1) to determine whether politicians share a latent mental model of performance in political roles and (2) to test hypothesized relationships between politician self-rated characteristics (i.e., extroversion, neuroticism, conscientiousness, Machiavellianism, and political skill) and received performance ratings from political colleagues and officers. Two hundred and thirty-one local politicians provided self-ratings on a political performance questionnaire developed following a role analysis, and standardized measures of personality. One hundred and eighty-five also received performance ratings from colleagues (n = 749) and officers (n = 729). Exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses of self- and received performance ratings revealed five latent factors: Resilience (RS), Politicking, Analytical Skills (AS), Representing People, and Relating to Others. Regression analyses found that neuroticism and conscientiousness contribute to received ratings of RS, and neuroticism contributes to received ratings of AS.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/joop.12038
Uncontrolled keywords: politician; personality; political performance; political skill; political work
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
J Political Science > JF Political institutions and public administration
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Divisions > Kent Business School - Division > Department of Leadership and Management
Depositing User: Madeleine Wyatt
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2013 22:43 UTC
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2022 02:09 UTC
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