publication . Article . 2013

When leaders choose to be fair: Follower belongingness needs and leader empathy influences leaders' adherence to procedural fairness rules

Ilse Cornelis; Alain Van Hiel; David De Cremer; David M. Mayer;
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  • Published: 13 Mar 2013 Journal: Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, volume 49, pages 605-613 (issn: 0022-1031, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Elsevier BV
  • Country: Belgium
Abstract Previous studies on procedural fairness have largely neglected to examine factors that influence leaders' enactment of fairness. Two controlled laboratory experiments and a field study with leaders working within organizations investigated the combined impact of follower belongingness needs and leader empathy. It was revealed that leaders are more apt to enact fair procedures when followers' belongingness needs are high rather than low. This effect was further moderated by leader empathy, such that highly empathic leaders, either because of individual differences or through situational induction, take followers' belongingness needs more into account. Th...
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free text keywords: Sociology and Political Science, Social Psychology, Social Sciences, SOCIAL-RESPONSIBILITY, ORGANIZATIONAL JUSTICE, INFORMATIONAL JUSTICE, MORAL DEVELOPMENT, POWER, BEHAVIOR, COOPERATION, SELF, EMOTION, MODEL, Procedural fairness, Justice, Group value model, Need to belong, Leadership, Empathy, Social responsibility, Moral development, Procedural justice, Psychology, Belongingness, Situational ethics, Empathy, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Social psychology, Affiliation motivation, Organizational justice, Applied psychology
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