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Listening and interpersonal influence

Publication type: Journal article

Research Archive Topic: Leadership, Organizations


Using informant reports on working professionals, we explored the role of listening in interpersonal influence and how listening may account for at least some of the relationship between personality and influence. The results extended prior work which has suggested that listening is positively related to influence for informational and relational reasons. As predicted, we found that: (1) listening had a positive effect on influence beyond the impact of verbal expression, (2) listening interacted with verbal expression to predict influence (such that the relationship between listening and influence was stronger among those more expressive), and (3) listening partly mediated the positive relationships between each of the Big Five dimensions of agreeableness and openness and influence.
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Ames, Daniel, Joel Brockner, and Lily Benjamin. "Listening and interpersonal influence." Journal of Research in Personality 46, no. 3 (2012): 345-349.

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