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Title: Being passionate to perform : the joint effect of leader humility and follower humility
Authors: Diao, H
Song, LJ
Wang, Y
Zhong, J 
Issue Date: 2019
Source: Frontiers in psychology, 2019, v. 10, no. MAY, 1059
Abstract: Although humility is an outstanding characteristic of many beloved and respected leaders, little is understood regarding the effect of leader humility on follower job performance. The current study examines how leader humility affects follower performance. Drawing on the self-determination theory, we suggest that leader humility, via follower harmonious passion, contributes to follower performance. With multiphase leader-follower paired data, we find that leader humility is positively related to follower performance, this positive relationship is partially mediated by follower harmonious passion, and the indirect effect of leader humility on follower performance via follower harmonious passion is stronger with a high level of follower humility.
Keywords: China
Follower humility
Harmonious passion
Job performance
Leader humility
Self-determination theory
Publisher: Frontiers Research Foundation
Journal: Frontiers in psychology 
EISSN: 1664-1078
DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.01059
Rights: Copyright © 2019 Diao, Song, Wang and Zhong. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.
The following publication Diao H, Song LJ, Wang Y and Zhong J (2019) Being Passionate to Perform: The Joint Effect of Leader Humility and Follower Humility. Front. Psychol. 10:1059, is available at
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