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Our Transformational Leader Might Be Replaced, We Are Extremely Stressed out!
Keywords: Followers’ stress; transformational leader; emotional contagion; change in leadership position.
Abstract: This study tackles employees’ stress in periods of changes in leadership positions. Qualitative data is collected from Whatsapp conversations between different subordinates, hours around the declaration of the appointment decision. Data presentation includes messages exchanged, as well as photos, emojis and voice notes. The participants’ messages reflected their stress. They are drained, desperate and praying God so their transformational leader is reappointed. The emotional contagion among subordinates is revealed in the way the messages and the replies are very close in content. This study triggers future research addressing same research questions under different leadership styles and in different cultures.