Biased self-perception tendencies: Self-enhancement/self-diminishment and leader derailment in individualistic and collectivistic cultures

Kristin L Cullen-Lester University of Houston, William A. Gentry, Francis J. Yammarino – State University of New York at Binghamton

Summary

Self–other agreement (SOA) discrepancies are commonly interpreted as a lack of self-awareness. The consistent display of such discrepancies could be considered a behavioral manifestation of biased self-perception. In extreme forms, we propose that this bias can be viewed as a form of dark personality. Using archival data from a multisource instrument, we examine the derailment implications of self-enhancement (i.e. overrating) and the opposite tendency, self-diminishment (i.e. underrating), in collectivistic (Taiwan, China, South Korea) and individualistic (United States of America) cultures…

Citation

Cullen, K. L., Gentry, W. A., & Yammarino, F. J. (2015). Biased self-perception tendencies: Self-enhancement/self-diminishment and leader derailment in individualistic and collectivistic cultures. Applied Psychology, 64 (1), 161–207. https://doi.org/10.1111/apps.12026

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