Relationship quality and virtuousness: Emotional carrying capacity as a source of individual and team resilience
Journal of Applied Behavioral Science,
Virtuousness in organizations involves individuals and teams being resilient, or bouncing back from setbacks in ways that allow them to adapt and grow. In two studies, we focus on emotional carrying capacity (ECC), wherein relationship partners express more of their emotions, express both positive and negative emotions, and do
so constructively, as a source of resilience in individuals and in teams. Study 1’s findings
indicate that ECC is positively related to individual resilience and that ECC mediates
the link between relationship closeness and individual resilience. Study 2’s findings
indicate a similar pattern for resilience at the team level: ECC is positively related
to team resilience and mediates the connection between trust and team resilience.
Together, these studies provide insight into how emotional expression in relationships
is a key mechanism in explaining resilience, a foundational element for the pursuit of
long-term virtuousness for individuals and for teams.