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

Silvester, Jo and Wyatt, Madeleine and 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. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1111/joop.12038) (Full text available)

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Abstract

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
Uncontrolled keywords: politician; personality; political performance; political skill; political work
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School > Industrial Relations/HRM
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Applied Psychology
Depositing User: Madeleine Wyatt
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2013 22:43 UTC
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2014 11:09 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/37198 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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