Understanding Leading, Leader–Follower Relations, and Ethical Leadership in Organizations

Flora Chiang*, Thomas A. Birtch

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    Leaders hold the power lo influence followers within and beyond organizational boundaries. Leaders, whether leading from spiritual, authentic, or servant models, can motivate individuals and teams in a desired direction; cultivate constructive interpersonal relations; promote higher standards of conduct and performance; create a caring and supportive organizational culture; and encourage a range of other positive employee and organizational outcomes. They can also inspire employees lo volunteer and take part in community outreach initiatives and other forms of civic and social responsibility. However, as the popular business press and scholars in the fields of work psychology, organizational behavior, and interpersonal relations all too often remind us, such influence is not necessarily always positive. Abusive, despotic, and toxic behaviors, misconduct, and other ethical failings of leaders may not only be detrimental to the well-being, behaviors, and performance of followers but may also adversely impact other members of an organization, customers, suppliers, and the broader society in general. For these reasons, scholars and practitioners alike have been attempting to better understand how leader-follower relations might be improved and the role that ethical leadership can play in helping to mitigate deviant and counterproductive behaviors in the workplace.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationRelationships in Organizations
    Subtitle of host publicationA Work Psychology Perspective
    EditorsRachel L. Morrison, Helena D. Cooper-Thomas
    Place of PublicationLondon
    PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
    Number of pages29
    ISBN (Electronic)9781137280640
    ISBN (Print)9781137280633, 9781349447817
    Publication statusPublished - 15 Oct 2013

    Scopus Subject Areas

    • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
    • Business, Management and Accounting(all)

    User-Defined Keywords

    • Business Ethic
    • Ethical Behavior
    • Ethical Leadership
    • Organizational Citizenship Behavior
    • Affective Commitment


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