The Interactive Effect of a Leader’s Sense of Uniqueness and Sense of Belongingness on Followers’ Perceptions of Leader Authenticity

Xue Zheng (First Author), David De Cremer (Participant Author), Alain Van Hiel (Participant Author), M. van Dijke (Participant Author), Y. Yuan (Participant Author)

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Abstract

Researchers have emphasized the value of authenticity, but not much is known about what makes a person authentic in the eyes of others. Our research takes an interpersonal perspective to examine the determinants of followers’ perceptions of leader authenticity. Building on social identity theory, we propose that two fundamental self-identifications–a leader’s sense of uniqueness and sense of belongingness–interact to influence followers’ perceptions of a leader’s authenticity via perceptions of a leader’s self-concept consistency. In a field study conducted among leader–follower dyads and in a controlled laboratory experiment, we find that when a leader feels a low sense of belongingness, there is a positive relationship between a leader’s sense of uniqueness and perceptions of leader authenticity. When a leader feels a low sense of uniqueness, there is a positive relationship between a leader’s sense of belongingness and perceptions of leader authenticity. This is because followers perceive this leader as having high self-concept consistency.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)515-533
JournalJournal of Business Ethics
Volume164
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Corresponding author email

xzheng@ceibs.edu

Keywords

  • Perceived leader authenticity
  • Self-concept consistency
  • Sense of belongingness
  • Sense of uniqueness
  • Social identity theory

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  • FT
  • ABDC-A
  • Scopus
  • SSCI

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