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On Ethically Solvent Leaders: The Roles of Pride and Moral Identity in Predicting Leader Ethical Behavior

Sanders, S., Wisse, B., Van Yperen, N. W. & Rus, D., Jul-2018, In : Journal of Business Ethics. 150, 3, p. 631-645 15 p.

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The popular media has repeatedly pointed to pride as one of the key factors motivating leaders to behave unethically. However, given the devastating consequences that leader unethical behavior may have, a more scientific account of the role of pride is warranted. The present study differentiates between authentic and hubristic pride and assesses its impact on leader ethical behavior, while taking into consideration the extent to which leaders find it important to their self-concept to be a moral person. In two experiments we found that with higher levels of moral identity, authentically proud leaders are more likely to engage in ethical behavior than hubristically proud leaders, and that this effect is mediated by leaders' motivation to act selflessly. A field survey among organizational leaders corroborated that moral identity may bring the positive effect of authentic pride and the negative effect of hubristic pride on leader ethical behavior to the forefront.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)631-645
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Business Ethics
Volume150
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul-2018

    Keywords

  • Authentic pride, Hubristic pride, Moral identity, Leader ethical behavior, DECISION-MAKING, TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP, PLANNED BEHAVIOR, HUBRISTIC PRIDE, BUSINESS ETHICS, EMOTION, SELF, JUDGMENT, MODEL, ORGANIZATIONS

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