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“Being true to oneself”: the interplay of responsible leadership and authenticity on multi-level outcomes

Muzhar Javed (Department of Management Sciences, COMSATS University Islamabad , Sahiwal, Pakistan)
Muhammad Waheed Akhtar (Department of Management Sciences, COMSATS University Islamabad , Sahiwal, Pakistan)
Khalid Hussain (Department of Management Sciences, COMSATS University Islamabad , Sahiwal, Pakistan)
Muhammad Junaid (Department of Management Sciences, COMSATS University Islamabad , Sahiwal, Pakistan) (COMEGI, Lusíada University , Lisbon, Portugal)
Fauzia Syed ( Faculty of Management Sciences , International Islamic University , Islamabad, Pakistan)

Leadership & Organization Development Journal

ISSN: 0143-7739

Article publication date: 9 February 2021

Issue publication date: 20 April 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

Drawing on stakeholder theory, this study examines the relationship between responsible leadership and its macro-, meso- and micro-level outcomes. Further, this study investigates the moderating role of authenticity on the relationship between responsible leadership and its multi-level effects, i.e. relational social capital, corporate social performance and community citizenship behaviour among employees.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors conducted four field studies using the quantitative methodology to test the hypotheses. In study 1 (N = 236), by adopting a multi-wave and multi-source research design, the authors examine the relationship between responsible leadership, authenticity and relational social capital. In study 2 (N = 203), by adopting a multi-wave research design, the authors examine the relationship between responsible leadership, authenticity and corporate social performance. In study 3 (N = 203), by adopting a multi-wave and multi-source research design, the authors examine the relationship between responsible leadership, authenticity and employees' community citizenship behaviour. In study 4 (N = 257), by adopting a multi-wave and multi-source research design, the authors capture the impact of responsible leadership on outcomes (social capital, corporate social performance and community citizenship behaviour) with a boundary condition of authenticity.

Findings

The authors find that responsible leadership enhances relational social capital, improves a firm's social performance and develops community citizenship behaviour among employees. Further, the study finds that authenticity positively moderates the relationship between responsible leadership and its multi-level outcomes.

Originality/value

First, it is a maiden study to investigate the multi-level outcomes of RL in a series of three empirical studies. Second, it contributes to RL literature by testing a unique moderating role of authenticity between RL and its multi-level outcomes of relational social capital, corporate social performance and employees' community citizenship behaviour. This study also provides empirical evidence for the multi-level implications of stakeholder theory.

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Citation

Javed, M., Akhtar, M.W., Hussain, K., Junaid, M. and Syed, F. (2021), "“Being true to oneself”: the interplay of responsible leadership and authenticity on multi-level outcomes", Leadership & Organization Development Journal, Vol. 42 No. 3, pp. 408-433. https://doi.org/10.1108/LODJ-04-2020-0165

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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