To read this content please select one of the options below:

Can coaching leadership encourage subordinates to speak up? Dual perspective of cognition-affection

Chuqin Yuan (School of Business Administration, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, China)
Yanfei Wang (School of Business Administration, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, China)
Wenyuan Huang (School of Business Administration, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, China)
Yu Zhu (School of Management, Jinan University, Guangzhou, China)

Leadership & Organization Development Journal

ISSN: 0143-7739

Article publication date: 19 June 2019

Issue publication date: 26 June 2019

1582

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore the influencing mechanism of coaching leadership (CL) on employee voice behavior (VB) based on cognitive-affective system theory of personality (CAPS). Specifically, the study intends to build a model of psychological security (PS) and openness to change (OC) that mediate the relationship between CL and employee VB at an individual-level and group-level from cognitive-affective dual perspective.

Design/methodology/approach

CL, employee VB, PS and OC were assessed in an empirical study based on a supervisor–subordinate dyads sample of 287 employees and 72 team leaders from enterprises in Southern China.

Findings

From CAPS theory perspective, the authors found that CL promotes employee VB and that PS and OC mediate the relationship between CL and VB.

Practical implications

Results underscore the importance of encouraging managers to engage in CL behaviors, which are conductive to enhancing employee PS and OC thereby improving employee VB. These results also highlight the significance of managerial attention to a secure voice atmosphere and the improvement of employees’ affective commitment to organizational change.

Originality/value

The research findings provide a significant contribution to the literature in that it shows PS and OC as crucial dual mediating mechanism through which CL influences VB. Moreover, this paper is one of the few studies answering the call to examine the effect of leadership at multiple levels.

Keywords

Acknowledgements

This research was supported by grants from the Chinese National Natural Science Foundation (71772069; 71602075), the General Youth Foundation Program of the Ministry of Education of Humanities and Social Science (15YJC630197; 17YJA630101).

Citation

Yuan, C., Wang, Y., Huang, W. and Zhu, Y. (2019), "Can coaching leadership encourage subordinates to speak up? Dual perspective of cognition-affection", Leadership & Organization Development Journal, Vol. 40 No. 4, pp. 485-498. https://doi.org/10.1108/LODJ-01-2018-0009

Publisher

:

Emerald Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2019, Emerald Publishing Limited

Related articles