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Examining the cognitive and affective trust-based mechanisms underlying the relationship between ethical leadership and organisational citizenship: A case of the head leading the heart?

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posted on 2013-07-18, 00:00 authored by Alexander NewmanAlexander Newman, K Kiazad, Q Miao, B Cooper
In this paper, we investigate the trust-based mechanisms underlying the relationship between ethical leadership and followers' organisational citizenship behaviours (OCBs). Based on three-wave survey data obtained from 184 employees and their supervisors, we find that ethical leadership leads to higher levels of both affective and cognitive trust. In addition, we find support for a three-path mediational model, where cognitive trust and affective trust, in turn, mediate the relationship between ethical leadership and follower OCBs. That is to say, we found that ethical leadership leads to the development of cognitive trust, which subsequently influences the development of affective trust. Affective trust, in turn, induces followers to exhibit OCBs as a means of reciprocating the leader's favourable behaviour. Our findings suggest that both affective and cognitive trust plays an important role in the social exchange processes that underlie the relationship between ethical leadership and the discretionary behaviour of followers. © 2013 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.

History

Journal

Journal of business ethics

Volume

123

Pagination

113 - 123

Publisher

Springer

Location

Ann Arbor, Mich

ISSN

1573-0697

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal; C Journal article

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2013, Springer