Diabolical dictators or capable commanders? An investigation of the differential effects of autocratic leadership on team performance

  title={Diabolical dictators or capable commanders? An investigation of the differential effects of autocratic leadership on team performance},
  author={Annebel H. B. De Hoogh and Lindred L. Greer and Deanne N. Den Hartog},
  journal={Leadership Quarterly},
Autocratic leader behavior is often seen as negative for team morale and performance. However, theories on social hierarchy suggest that autocratic leadership may also positively affect morale and performance through the creation of a psychologically appealing, hierarchically-ordered environment of predictability and security. We propose that autocratic leadership can foster team psychological safety when team members accept the hierarchy within the team. In contrast, when members challenge the… Expand

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