Team and organizational failures can negatively impact leadership perceptions as followers tend to attribute performance outcomes to leadership. The current study explores how follower mood moderates this effect. In two experiments the first with students (N=132) and the second with a sample of the working population (N=229) we show that performance information has a weaker effect on leadership evaluations when the follower is in a positive mood as compared with a negative mood. In addition we show that this moderation effect holds for performance information about the team as well as the leader. We discuss how these findings extend the cognitive follower-centric perspective on leadership by acknowledging affective influences and explore several counter-intuitive implications of these findings.
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