Are proactive personalities always beneficial? Political skill as a moderator

S. Sun, I.H. van Emmerik

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Abstract

Does proactive personality always enhance job success? The authors of this study draw on socioanalytic theory of personality and organizational political perspectives to study employees' political skill in moderating the effects of proactive personality on supervisory ratings of employee task performance, helping behaviors, and learning behaviors. Multisource data from 225 subordinates and their 75 immediate supervisors reveal that proactive personality is associated negatively with supervisory evaluations when political skill is low, and the negative relationship disappears when political skill is high. Implications and future research directions are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)966-975
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Applied Psychology
Volume100
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2015

Keywords

  • helping behavior
  • learning behavior
  • political skill
  • proactive personality
  • task performance
  • JOB-PERFORMANCE
  • EMPLOYEE VOICE
  • SOCIOANALYTIC PERSPECTIVE
  • ORGANIZATIONAL-BEHAVIOR
  • CAREER SUCCESS
  • WORK OUTCOMES
  • MODEL
  • METAANALYSIS
  • EXCHANGE
  • REPLICATION

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