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      On Ethically Solvent Leaders: The Roles of Pride and Moral Identity in Predicting Leader Ethical Behavior

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          The popular media has repeatedly pointed to pride as one of the key factors motivating leaders to behave unethically. However, given the devastating consequences that leader unethical behavior may have, a more scientific account of the role of pride is warranted. The present study differentiates between authentic and hubristic pride and assesses its impact on leader ethical behavior, while taking into consideration the extent to which leaders find it important to their self-concept to be a moral person. In two experiments we found that with higher levels of moral identity, authentically proud leaders are more likely to engage in ethical behavior than hubristically proud leaders, and that this effect is mediated by leaders’ motivation to act selflessly. A field survey among organizational leaders corroborated that moral identity may bring the positive effect of authentic pride and the negative effect of hubristic pride on leader ethical behavior to the forefront.

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                + 31 50 363 9379 , s.sanders@rug.nl
                Journal
                J Bus Ethics
                J Bus Ethics
                Journal of Business Ethics
                Springer Netherlands (Dordrecht )
                0167-4544
                3 May 2016
                3 May 2016
                2018
                : 150
                : 3
                : 631-645
                Affiliations
                [1 ]ISNI 0000 0004 0407 1981, GRID grid.4830.f, Department of Work and Organizational Psychology, , University of Groningen, ; Grote Kruisstraat 2/1, 9712 TS Groningen, The Netherlands
                [2 ]ISNI 0000 0000 8700 0572, GRID grid.8250.f, Durham Business School, , Durham University, ; Mill Hill Lane, Durham, DH1 3LB United Kingdom
                [3 ]Creative Peas, IJburglaan 1026, 1087 JL Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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                10.1007/s10551-016-3180-0
                6435046
                © The Author(s) 2016

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