Ethical leadership and job performance in China: The roles of workplace friendships and traditionality

Jun Liu, Ho Kwong Kwan, Ping Ping Fu, Yina Mao

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Abstract

This study examined the relationships between ethical leadership, as perceived by subordinates, and task performance as well as organizational citizenship behaviour towards the organization (OCBO) and towards individuals (OCBI), while lending consideration to the moderating roles of subordinates' workplace friendships and traditionality in China. The results, which were based on two-phase data from a sample of 312 supervisor-subordinate dyads in a manufacturing firm, indicated that ethical leadership positively related to subordinates' OCBO and OCBI. Moreover, subordinates' workplace friendships strengthened the relationship between ethical leadership and task performance, whereas subordinates' traditionality strengthened the relationships between ethical leadership and task performance, OCBO, and OCBI. The theoretical and managerial implications of these results were discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)564-584
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology
Volume86
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • China
  • Ethical leadership
  • Job performance
  • Traditionality
  • Workplace friendship

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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