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Professor Jo Silvester

Professor Jo Silvester

Deputy Dean

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Streatham Court, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4PU, UK

Jo Silvester joined the University of Exeter in 2018. Prior to this she was Deputy Dean and Professor of Psychology at Cass Business School, City University of London. Previous roles include Professor of Organisational Psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London and lectureships at the Universities of Leeds and Swansea. Jo’s research is broadly concerned with the psychology of leadership emergence and effectiveness. She is particularly focused on how individuals develop the ability to work and lead effectively in political environments in business and government. Her work with political parties to identify and develop diverse political led to an Impact Case Study rated outstanding  for REF2014.

Jo’s research and impact projects have been supported by multiple organisations, including the ESRC, NIHR, Home Office, House of Commons, Civil Service Learning, IDeA, Philips, Boots, Ford and JPMorgan. Her work has received wide media attention, and is published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, The Leadership Quarterly, Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, Human Relations, Organizational Dynamics, British Journal of Clinical Psychology, European Journal of Finance, Cross-Cultural Research, and Political Behavior.

Nationality: British

Qualifications

BSc. MSc. PhD. CPsychol.

Research interests

  • Leadership emergence and effectiveness
  • Political skill at work
  • Social cognition and leadership potential
  • Diversity

 

Research projects

  • Transition into Parliament: research investigating the political learning undertaken by first-time MPs as they navigate the parliamentary work environment and shape their new political role.
  • Gendered Financial Advice: supervised PhD research investigating financial advisors’ gendered perceptions of high net-worth male and female clients.
  • Personality and Political Elites: a programme of research focused broadly on psychological characteristics associated with political effectiveness, including projects investigating self-rated personality and electoral success among parliamentary candidates, the use of mentoring to develop political skill in business and politics, and the relationship between political knowledge, awareness and skill.

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Key publications


Wyatt M, Silvester J (2018). Do voters get it right? a test of the ascription-actuality trait theory of leadership with political elites. Leadership Quarterly, 29(5), 609-621. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Silvester J, Wyatt M, Randall R (2014). Politician personality, Machiavellianism, and political skill as predictors of performance ratings in political roles. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 87(2), 258-279. Abstract. DOI.
Silvester J (2008). The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Politics and Politicians at Work. In  (Ed) International Review of Industrial and Organizational Psychology 2008, 107-148. DOI.
Silvester J, Patterson F, Koczwara A, Ferguson E (2007). "Trust me. ": Psychological and behavioral predictors of perceived physician empathy. Journal of Applied Psychology, 92(2), 519-527. Abstract. DOI.
Silvester J, Dykes C (2007). Selecting political candidates: a longitudinal study of assessment centre performance and political success in the 2005 UK general election. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 80(1), 11-25. Abstract. DOI.

Publications by category


Journal articles

Wyatt M, Silvester J (2018). Do voters get it right? a test of the ascription-actuality trait theory of leadership with political elites. Leadership Quarterly, 29(5), 609-621. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Baeckström Y, Silvester J, Pownall RAJ (2018). Millionaire investors: financial advisors, attribution theory and gender differences. European Journal of Finance, 24(15), 1333-1349. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Caprara GV, Vecchione M, Schwartz SH, Schoen H, Bain PG, Silvester J, Cieciuch J, Pavlopoulos V, Bianchi G, Kirmanoglu H, et al (2018). The Contribution of Religiosity to Ideology: Empirical Evidences from Five Continents. Cross-Cultural Research, 52(5), 524-541. Abstract. DOI.
Caprara GV, Vecchione M, Schwartz SH, Schoen H, Bain PG, Silvester J, Cieciuch J, Pavlopoulos V, Bianchi G, Kirmanoglu H, et al (2017). Basic Values, Ideological Self-Placement, and Voting: a Cross-Cultural Study. Cross-Cultural Research, 51(4), 388-411. Abstract. DOI.
Silvester J, Wyatt M (2015). Developing strong and diverse political leaders. Psychologist, 28(5), 368-371. Abstract.
Vecchione M, Schwartz SH, Caprara GV, Schoen H, Cieciuch J, Silvester J, Bain P, Bianchi G, Kirmanoglu H, Baslevent C, et al (2015). Personal values and political activism: a cross-national study. British Journal of Psychology, 106(1), 84-106. Abstract. DOI.
Wyatt M, Silvester J (2015). Reflections on the labyrinth: Investigating black and minority ethnic leaders’ career experiences. Human Relations, 68(8), 1243-1269. Abstract. DOI.
Schwartz SH, Caprara GV, Vecchione M, Bain P, Bianchi G, Caprara MG, Cieciuch J, Kirmanoglu H, Baslevent C, Lönnqvist JE, et al (2014). Basic Personal Values Underlie and Give Coherence to Political Values: a Cross National Study in 15 Countries. Political Behavior, 36(4), 899-930. Abstract. DOI.
Silvester J, Wyatt M, Randall R (2014). Politician personality, Machiavellianism, and political skill as predictors of performance ratings in political roles. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 87(2), 258-279. Abstract. DOI.
Silvester J (2010). What makes a good politician?. Psychologist, 23(5), 394-397.
Silvester J, Patterson F, Koczwara A, Ferguson E (2007). "Trust me. ": Psychological and behavioral predictors of perceived physician empathy. Journal of Applied Psychology, 92(2), 519-527. Abstract. DOI.
Silvester J, Dykes C (2007). Selecting political candidates: a longitudinal study of assessment centre performance and political success in the 2005 UK general election. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 80(1), 11-25. Abstract. DOI.
Leggett J, Silvester J (2003). Care staff attributions for violent incidents involving male and female patients: a field study. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 42(4), 393-406. Abstract. DOI.
Silvester J, Patterson F, Ferguson E (2003). Comparing two attributional models of job performance in retail sales: a field study. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 76(1), 115-132. Abstract. DOI.
Silvester J, Anderson N (2003). Technology and discourse: a comparison of face-to-face and telephone employment interviews. International Journal of Selection and Assessment, 11(2-3), 206-214. Abstract. DOI.
Silvester J, Anderson-Gough FM, Anderson NR, Mohamed AR (2002). Locus of control, attributions and impression management in the selection interview. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 75(1), 59-76. Abstract. DOI.
Silvester J, Anderson N, Haddleton E, Cunningham-Snell N, Gibb A (2000). A Cross-Modal Comparison of Telephone and Face-to-Face Selection Interviews in Graduate Recruitment. International Journal of Selection and Assessment, 8(1), 16-21. Abstract. DOI.
Martin R, Leach DJ, Norman P, Silvester J (2000). The role of attributions in psychological reactions to job relocation. Work and Stress, 14(4), 347-361. Abstract. DOI.
Silvester J, Anderson NR, Patterson F (1999). Organizational culture change: an inter-group attributional analysis. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 72(1), 1-23. Abstract. DOI.
Anderson N, Silvester J, Cunningham-Snell N, Haddleton E (1999). Relationships between candidate self-monitoring, perceived personality, and selection interview outcomes. Human Relations, 52(9), 1115-1130. Abstract.
Bugental DB, New M, Johnston C, Silvester J (1998). Measuring parental attributions: Conceptual and methodological issues. Journal of Family Psychology, 12(4), 459-480. Abstract. DOI.
Silvester J (1997). Spoken attributions and candidate success in graduate recruitment interviews. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 70(1), 61-73. Abstract. DOI.
Silvester J (1996). Questioning Discrimination in the Selection Interview: a Case for More Field Research. Feminism and Psychology, 6(4), 574-578. DOI.
Silvester J, Chapman AJ (1996). Unfair discrimination in the selection interview: an attributional account. International Journal of Selection and Assessment, 4(2), 63-70. Abstract. DOI.
Silvester J, Bentovim A, Stratton P, Hanks HGI (1995). Using spoken attributions to classify abusive families. Child Abuse and Neglect, 19(10), 1221-1232. Abstract. DOI.

Chapters

Caprara GV, Silvester J (2017). The personality attributes of political elites. In  (Ed) The Palgrave Handbook of Political Elites, 467-487.  Abstract. DOI.
Silvester J (2011). Recruiting politicians: Designing competency-based selection for UK parliamentary candidates. In  (Ed) The Psychology of Politicians, 21-38.  Abstract. DOI.
Silvester J (2008). The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Politics and Politicians at Work. In  (Ed) International Review of Industrial and Organizational Psychology 2008, 107-148. DOI.

Publications by year


2018

Wyatt M, Silvester J (2018). Do voters get it right? a test of the ascription-actuality trait theory of leadership with political elites. Leadership Quarterly, 29(5), 609-621. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Baeckström Y, Silvester J, Pownall RAJ (2018). Millionaire investors: financial advisors, attribution theory and gender differences. European Journal of Finance, 24(15), 1333-1349. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Caprara GV, Vecchione M, Schwartz SH, Schoen H, Bain PG, Silvester J, Cieciuch J, Pavlopoulos V, Bianchi G, Kirmanoglu H, et al (2018). The Contribution of Religiosity to Ideology: Empirical Evidences from Five Continents. Cross-Cultural Research, 52(5), 524-541. Abstract. DOI.

2017

Caprara GV, Vecchione M, Schwartz SH, Schoen H, Bain PG, Silvester J, Cieciuch J, Pavlopoulos V, Bianchi G, Kirmanoglu H, et al (2017). Basic Values, Ideological Self-Placement, and Voting: a Cross-Cultural Study. Cross-Cultural Research, 51(4), 388-411. Abstract. DOI.
Caprara GV, Silvester J (2017). The personality attributes of political elites. In  (Ed) The Palgrave Handbook of Political Elites, 467-487.  Abstract. DOI.

2015

Silvester J, Wyatt M (2015). Developing strong and diverse political leaders. Psychologist, 28(5), 368-371. Abstract.
Vecchione M, Schwartz SH, Caprara GV, Schoen H, Cieciuch J, Silvester J, Bain P, Bianchi G, Kirmanoglu H, Baslevent C, et al (2015). Personal values and political activism: a cross-national study. British Journal of Psychology, 106(1), 84-106. Abstract. DOI.
Wyatt M, Silvester J (2015). Reflections on the labyrinth: Investigating black and minority ethnic leaders’ career experiences. Human Relations, 68(8), 1243-1269. Abstract. DOI.

2014

Schwartz SH, Caprara GV, Vecchione M, Bain P, Bianchi G, Caprara MG, Cieciuch J, Kirmanoglu H, Baslevent C, Lönnqvist JE, et al (2014). Basic Personal Values Underlie and Give Coherence to Political Values: a Cross National Study in 15 Countries. Political Behavior, 36(4), 899-930. Abstract. DOI.
Silvester J, Wyatt M, Randall R (2014). Politician personality, Machiavellianism, and political skill as predictors of performance ratings in political roles. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 87(2), 258-279. Abstract. DOI.

2011

Silvester J (2011). Recruiting politicians: Designing competency-based selection for UK parliamentary candidates. In  (Ed) The Psychology of Politicians, 21-38.  Abstract. DOI.

2010

Silvester J (2010). What makes a good politician?. Psychologist, 23(5), 394-397.

2008

Silvester J (2008). The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Politics and Politicians at Work. In  (Ed) International Review of Industrial and Organizational Psychology 2008, 107-148. DOI.

2007

Silvester J, Patterson F, Koczwara A, Ferguson E (2007). "Trust me. ": Psychological and behavioral predictors of perceived physician empathy. Journal of Applied Psychology, 92(2), 519-527. Abstract. DOI.
Silvester J, Dykes C (2007). Selecting political candidates: a longitudinal study of assessment centre performance and political success in the 2005 UK general election. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 80(1), 11-25. Abstract. DOI.

2003

Leggett J, Silvester J (2003). Care staff attributions for violent incidents involving male and female patients: a field study. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 42(4), 393-406. Abstract. DOI.
Silvester J, Patterson F, Ferguson E (2003). Comparing two attributional models of job performance in retail sales: a field study. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 76(1), 115-132. Abstract. DOI.
Silvester J, Anderson N (2003). Technology and discourse: a comparison of face-to-face and telephone employment interviews. International Journal of Selection and Assessment, 11(2-3), 206-214. Abstract. DOI.

2002

Silvester J, Anderson-Gough FM, Anderson NR, Mohamed AR (2002). Locus of control, attributions and impression management in the selection interview. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 75(1), 59-76. Abstract. DOI.

2000

Silvester J, Anderson N, Haddleton E, Cunningham-Snell N, Gibb A (2000). A Cross-Modal Comparison of Telephone and Face-to-Face Selection Interviews in Graduate Recruitment. International Journal of Selection and Assessment, 8(1), 16-21. Abstract. DOI.
Martin R, Leach DJ, Norman P, Silvester J (2000). The role of attributions in psychological reactions to job relocation. Work and Stress, 14(4), 347-361. Abstract. DOI.

1999

Silvester J, Anderson NR, Patterson F (1999). Organizational culture change: an inter-group attributional analysis. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 72(1), 1-23. Abstract. DOI.
Anderson N, Silvester J, Cunningham-Snell N, Haddleton E (1999). Relationships between candidate self-monitoring, perceived personality, and selection interview outcomes. Human Relations, 52(9), 1115-1130. Abstract.

1998

Bugental DB, New M, Johnston C, Silvester J (1998). Measuring parental attributions: Conceptual and methodological issues. Journal of Family Psychology, 12(4), 459-480. Abstract. DOI.

1997

Silvester J (1997). Spoken attributions and candidate success in graduate recruitment interviews. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 70(1), 61-73. Abstract. DOI.

1996

Silvester J (1996). Questioning Discrimination in the Selection Interview: a Case for More Field Research. Feminism and Psychology, 6(4), 574-578. DOI.
Silvester J, Chapman AJ (1996). Unfair discrimination in the selection interview: an attributional account. International Journal of Selection and Assessment, 4(2), 63-70. Abstract. DOI.

1995

Silvester J, Bentovim A, Stratton P, Hanks HGI (1995). Using spoken attributions to classify abusive families. Child Abuse and Neglect, 19(10), 1221-1232. Abstract. DOI.

External positions

Member of the Business School Advisory Board, BSS University of Aarhus


Invited lectures

  • Chartered Association of Business Schools, Annual Conference ‘International students: Trends and next steps’ invited discussant (2017).
  • University of Notre Dame, U.S. ‘Do voters get it right? Trait paradox and politician performance in office
  • and during political campaigns’ (2017).
  • Chatham House - West Africa Global Health Leaders Fellowship Programme ‘Leadership trends’ (2016).
  • Women in Insurance Network ‘Navigating the labyrinth: Politics and power’ (2015).
  • ESRC Seminar Series: The Dark Side of Philanthropy ‘Professionalising volunteers’ (2015).
  • The Daedalus Trust & British Psychological Society conference ‘Mental traps and hubris’ The Royal Society of Medicine (2014).
  • Towers Watson Leadership Breakfast ‘Diversity and leadership in the workplace’ (2014).
  • British Psychological Society (N.I. Section) at the Northern Ireland Legislative Assembly, Stormont ‘Searching for good political leaders’ (2013).
  • BNY Mellon, Diversity Leadership Forum ‘Navigating the labyrinth: Ethnicity in the financial sector’ (2013).
  • University of Iceland, Reykjavik ‘Selecting and developing political leaders’ (2012).

Teaching interests

  • Leadership
  • Power and Politics at Work
  • Work Psychology

(for MBA, Executive Education, MSc and BSc)