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Single article: City Managers’ Leadership Credibility: Explaining the Variations of Self-Other Assessments

PAQ, Vol. 38 No. 4, (20104)

Leadership skills are clearly important for city managers. Credible leaders have the potential to have a positive impact on employee attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors, as well as organizational outcomes. Despite the importance of leadership and the credibility of leaders, we have little understanding of how city managers assess their own leadership credibility. In order to improve our understanding, this research explores factors that influence managers’ awareness of their credibility as leaders. Using data from Michigan municipalities, we find that both individual and organizational characteristics are correlated with a city manager’s ability to accurately assess their leadership skills when compared to their subordinates’ assessments.

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