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Ethical leadership and unethical pro-organisational behaviour: the mediating mechanism of reflective moral attentiveness

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posted on 2020-07-01, 00:00 authored by Q Miao, N Eva, Alexander NewmanAlexander Newman, Ingrid NielsenIngrid Nielsen, K Herbert
© 2019 International Association of Applied Psychology This study examines the mediating effects of reflective moral attentiveness on the relationship between ethical leadership and subordinates’ unethical pro-organisational behaviour (UPB). Based on two-wave survey data obtained from 233 employees in 60 teams from Chinese government agencies, we found that ethical leadership was positively related to reflective moral attentiveness. In addition, we found that reflective moral attentiveness mediated the relationship between ethical leadership and UPB, such that ethical leadership negatively influenced subordinates’ unethical pro-organisational behaviour through enhancing reflective moral attentiveness.

History

Journal

Applied Psychology

Volume

69

Issue

3

Pagination

834 - 853

Publisher

Wiley

Location

London, Eng.

ISSN

0269-994X

eISSN

1464-0597

Language

eng

Publication classification

C Journal article; C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal