Evaluating the link between values and ethical leadership behaviour with attention given to the moderating effect of person-organization fit

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dc.contributor.advisor Kelloway, E. Kevin
dc.creator O'Rourke, Kimberly Ann
dc.date.accessioned 2019-08-07T14:09:03Z
dc.date.available 2019-08-07T14:09:03Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.other HD57.7 O76 2019
dc.identifier.uri http://library2.smu.ca/handle/01/28998
dc.description 61 leaves : illustrations ; 29 cm
dc.description Includes abstract and appendices.
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 46-52).
dc.description.abstract Given the emergence of unethical leaders in both the civilian and military sectors over the years, it is imperative that research investigate the nature of ethical leadership behaviour. This study contributes to research on exploring the antecedents of ethical leadership behaviour, specifically the values of benevolence, universalism, achievement, and conformity, the values congruence of person-organization fit (P-O Fit), as well as the interaction between the aforementioned variables. Using a sample of military personnel, leaders matched with their followers, these relationships were evaluated. The sample was split into one-to-one ratio (1:1) for hierarchical moderated regression, and nested for multilevel modelling. Values and P-O Fit, both self-reported by leaders, were evaluated as predictors of ethical leadership behaviour, as rated by followers. The main effect of P-O Fit was found to be positively and significantly associated to ethical leadership behaviour. Leaders who self-report P-O Fit are rated favourably on their ethical leadership behaviour. Conformity (dual item) produced a significant interaction effect with P-O Fit. Simple slopes revealed that self-reported high P-O Fit improves the relationship between conformity and ethical leadership behaviour. Leaders who feel their values are congruent with those of the organization foster a synergistic environment across values of conformity. Followers are influenced by this congruence and behaviour which leads to favourable ratings of ethical leadership behaviour. en_CA
dc.language.iso en en_CA
dc.publisher Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary's University
dc.subject.lcc HD57.7
dc.subject.lcsh Leadership -- Moral and ethical aspects
dc.subject.lcsh Business ethics
dc.subject.lcsh Values
dc.subject.lcsh Organizational behavior
dc.title Evaluating the link between values and ethical leadership behaviour with attention given to the moderating effect of person-organization fit en_CA
dc.title.alternative Ethical leadership
dc.type Text en_CA
thesis.degree.name Master of Science in Applied Psychology
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.discipline Psychology
thesis.degree.grantor Saint Mary's University (Halifax, N.S.)


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