This chapter examines the role of political skill in relation to employee psychological and physiological health and well-being. First, we begin by providing a review of the current research on the relationship of political skill to stress and strain; additionally, areas in this literature that are in need of greater theoretical specification are identified. A multi-mediation organizing framework is proposed, which suggests that political skill impacts intrapsychic (i.e., constructs residing within an individual such as control, self-esteem) and interpersonal processes (i.e., authenticity, trustworthiness, affability, and humility), which subsequently influence the development and maintenance of work relationships, networks, and coalitions, and ultimately affects individual psychological and physiological health and well-being. The implications of this framework, and directions for future research, are discussed.
Ferris, G.R., Kane, R.E., Summers, J.K. and Munyon, T.P. (2011), "Psychological and Physiological Health and Well-Being Implications of Political Skill: Toward a Multi-Mediation Organizing Framework", Perrewé, P.L. and Ganster, D.C. (Ed.) The Role of Individual Differences in Occupational Stress and Well Being (Research in Occupational Stress and Well Being, Vol. 9), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 63-107. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1479-3555(2011)0000009007
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