The Effects of Ethical Leadership on In-Role Behavior and Psychological Capital: The Moderating Role of Management Decoupling and Personal Decoupling

팀장의 윤리적 리더십이 팀원들의 역할 내 행동과 긍정심리자본에 미치는 영향에 관한 연구: 괴리현상의 조절효과를 중심으로

  • 김문주 (이화여자대학교 경영연구소)
  • Received : 2017.02.23
  • Accepted : 2017.03.09
  • Published : 2017.04.28


The present empirical research examines the effect of team leader's ethical leadership on team members' in-role behavior and psychological capital. This study also predicts that management decoupling and personal decoupling will moderate the effect of ethical leadership negatively. A growing body on leadership research highlights the role of team leader's moral manager in team settings. Ethical leadership also becomes a salient issue in the situation of unethical decision making and misuse of management power which have done by unethical leaders all around the world. In order to identify the effect of ethical leadership, I collected data of 922 team members from bank, semiconductor manufacturer, and university hospital. Our findings show that ethical leaderships have a positive effect on team members' in-role behavior and psychological capital. In addition, I also found the significant moderation effect of management decoupling which team members perceive their top management team's inauthenticity. Contrary to the prediction, however, the result doesn't support the moderation effect of personal decoupling. I discussed implications of confirming and disconfirming findings in details.


Ethical Leadership;In-Role Behavior;Psychological Capital;Management Decoupling;Personal Decoupling


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