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

Silvester, J., Wyatt, M. & Randall, R. (2013). 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. doi: 10.1111/joop.12038

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Abstract

This paper conceptualizes politicians as political workers. It describes a multi-method 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. 231 local politicians provided self-ratings on a political performance questionnaire developed following a role analysis, and standardized measures of personality. 185 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, Politicking, Analytical Skills, Representing People and Relating to Others. Regression analyses found that neuroticism and conscientiousness contribute to received ratings of Resilience, and neuroticism contributes to received ratings of Analytical Skills.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published by Wiley on 9th October 2013.
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Cass Business School > Faculty of Management
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/4643

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