Th-SYM-2688-2 - We Need A Match: The Impact Of Leader-Follower (In)Congruence Of Moral Foundations On Ethical Leadership Perception And Ethical Leadership Development

Leadership Development
Thursday May 18   04:15 PM to 05:15 PM (1 hour)
Leadership and management
Leadership Development
We need a match: the impact of leader-follower (in)congruence of moral foundations on ethical leadership perception and ethical leadership development
M. Egorov 1,*, K. Kalshoven 2, A. Pircher Verdorfer 1, E. Schmid 1 on behalf of EAWOP17-SYMPOSIUM-2688 and EAWOP17-SYMPOSIUM-2688
1Technische Universität München, München, Germany, 2Amsterdam Center for Integrity and Leadership:ACIL, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Main Abstract Content: State of the Art
Traditional theories on ethical leadership strongly rely on rational deliberation approaches to ethical decision-making. Recently, behavioral ethicists have challenged this perspective and reframed ethical judgments around automatic and intuitive reactions. Consequently, alternative constructs such as Moral Intuition and Moral Foundations (MF) are discussed as potential antecedents of ethical leadership.
In this study, we shed light on the relationship between leader MF and actual ethical leadership behaviors. Moreover, we investigate the effects of MF (in)congruence between leader and follower on ethical leadership perceptions. On this basis, implications for a new perspective on ethical leadership development are derived.
Data was collected via online surveys from leaders and their followers in different organizational contexts. Results from 2 separate data sets will be presented.
Data indicates that leader MF have differential relationships with specific (un)ethical leadership behaviors. Furthermore, a significant effect of leader-follower fit in terms of MF on ethical leadership perception was confirmed.
Research/Practical Implications
By investigating a new antecedent of ethical leadership, theoretical and practical implications for the field of ethical leadership and ethical leadership development are derived.
Limitations refer to the cross-sectional design and the measurement of MF.
This work refines and complements existing perspectives on processes of ethical leadership and ethical leadership development by considering the critical role of moral intuitions.

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