Does Ethical Voice Matter? Examining How Peer Team Leader Ethical Voice and Role Modeling Relate to Ethical Leadership

Dongkyu Kim, Dongwon Choi, Seung Yeon Son

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Abstract

The present study explores a neglected area of ethical leadership: lateral behavioral effect from peer team leaders as a key predictor of ethical leadership. Using the lens of social learning theory, we posit that peer team leader ethical voice fosters focal team leader ethical leadership through team leader moral efficacy. In line with social learning perspective, we also posit the moderating effect of ethical role modeling of peer team leader in relationship between peer team leader ethical voice and team leader moral efficacy. We conducted a two-wave study over a 6-week interval between waves from military teams. Our results provided support for all of our hypotheses. In addition, we also found an incremental validity of peer ethical voice behavior by controlling other relevant factors such as upper leaders’ ethical role modeling and peer ethical leadership. Our findings contribute to the advancement of ethical leadership literature by articulating a novel antecedent as well as its boundary condition.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Business Ethics
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2023

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© 2023, The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature B.V.

Keywords

  • Coworker influence
  • Ethical leadership
  • Moral efficacy
  • Peer leader ethical role modeling
  • Peer leader ethical voice
  • Social learning theory

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