主 题/ Topic：“Can Becoming a Leader Change Your Personality?
An Investigation with Two Longitudinal Studies from a Role-Based Perspective”
主讲人/ Speaker：Wendong LI， The Chinese University of Hong Kong
时 间/ Date &Time：12/11/2019 2:00 pm -3:30 pm
地 点/ Venue：深圳大学汇星楼（科技楼）五楼，深圳南特商学院会议室
交流语言/ Language： 英语 English
Organizational research has predominantly adopted the classic dispositional perspective to understand the importance of personality traits in shaping work outcomes. However, the burgeoning literature on personality psychology has documented that personality traits, although relatively stable, are able to develop throughout one’s whole adulthood. A crucial force driving adult personality development is transition into novel work roles. In this paper, we introduce a dynamic, role-based perspective on the adaptive nature of personality during the transition from the role of employee to that of leader (i.e., leadership emergence). We argue that during such role transitions, individuals will experience increases in job role demands, a crucial manifestation of role expectations, which in turn may foster growth in conscientiousness and emotional stability. We tested these hypotheses in two three-wave longitudinal studies using a quasi-experimental design. We compared the personality development of two groups of individuals (one group promoted from employees into leadership roles and the other remaining as employees over time), matched via the propensity score matching approach. The convergent results of latent growth curve modeling in the two studies support our hypotheses regarding the influence of becoming a leader on enhancing conscientiousness and the mediating role of job role demands.
主讲人介绍/ Biography of the speaker：
Wen-Dong Li is currently an assistant professor at the Department of Management, the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Prior to joining CUHK, he worked as an assistant professor at Kansas State University. He received his Ph.D. from National University of Singapore in Organizational Behavior. His research interests focus on the antecedents and consequences of proactivity in three areas: leadership, work design, and career success. He adopts approaches of behavioral genetics and longitudinal designs in his research. His research has won several awards including the Hogan Award for Personality and Work Performance from the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and International HRM Scholarly Achievement Award and Best Student Convention Paper Award from the Human Resources Division, Academy of Management. His work has been published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, the Personnel Psychology, and the Leadership Quarterly, and has also been covered in media outlets such as the Economist, USA Today, the Telegraph, and the Washington Post. He is currently working on projects looking into the role time, leader development, passion, and mindfulness.
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