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Relative influence of authentic and transformational leadership of local union representatives on the adoption of union citizenship behaviors

Chloé Fortin-Bergeron (Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales, Montreal, Canada)
Olivier Doucet (Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales, Montreal, Canada)
Marc-Antonin Hennebert (Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales, Montreal, Canada)

Leadership & Organization Development Journal

ISSN: 0143-7739

Article publication date: 7 August 2017

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to analyze the different mediating processes by which authentic leadership and transformational leadership on the part of local union representatives influence members’ union citizenship behaviors (UCB) (i.e. UCBO and UCBI). Drawing from the social learning perspective, the authors suggest that authentic and transformational forms of leadership are associated with UCB through specific mechanisms i.e. member-representative value congruence and members’ collectivist orientation, respectively.

Design/methodology/approach

This research adopts a cross-sectional design. Structural equation modeling and bootstrap analysis were used to test the hypotheses among 343 members of a Canadian union federation representing professionals in the education sector.

Findings

The results show that the influence of authentic leadership on UCB is explained through value congruence and the influence of transformational leadership is principally exerted through members’ collectivist orientation.

Practical implications

By enhancing the understanding of the behavioral manifestations of local union leadership and its influential mechanisms, this research offers interesting avenues for union organizations that wish to develop and implement leadership training programs at the local level.

Originality/value

Only a handful of studies have investigated the relational antecedents of UCB, such as leadership. This research thus contributes to the UCB literature by extending the spectrum of examined local union leaders’ behaviors.

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Citation

Fortin-Bergeron, C., Doucet, O. and Hennebert, M.-A. (2017), "Relative influence of authentic and transformational leadership of local union representatives on the adoption of union citizenship behaviors", Leadership & Organization Development Journal, Vol. 38 No. 6, pp. 794-811. https://doi.org/10.1108/LODJ-03-2016-0071

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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