Examining how leader character strengths and ethical leadership relate to leader outcomes

John J. Sosik, Jae Uk Chun, Ziya Ete, Fil J. Arenas, Joel A. Scherer

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Abstract

Evidence from a growing number of studies suggests leader character as a means to advance leadership knowledge and practice. Based on this evidence, we propose a process model depicting how leader character manifests in ethical leadership that has positive psychological and performance outcomes for leaders, along with the moderating effect of leaders' self-control on the character strength'ethical leadership'outcomes relationships. We tested this model using multisource data from 218 U.S. Air Force officers (who rated their integrity, moral courage, empathy, self-control, and psychological flourishing), 218 of their subordinates (who rated their officer's ethical leadership), and 115 superiors (who rated the officers' in-role performance). Findings provide initial support for leader character as a mechanism triggering positive outcomes such that only when officers reported a high level of self-control did their integrity, courage, and empathy manifest in ethical leadership, associated with higher levels of psychological flourishing and in-role performance. We discuss the implications of these results for future theory development, research, and practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018
Event78th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2018 - Chicago, United States
Duration: Aug 10 2018Aug 14 2018

Other

Other78th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityChicago
Period8/10/188/14/18

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Management Information Systems
  • Management of Technology and Innovation
  • Industrial relations

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