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Integrity, ethical leadership, trust and work engagement

Amos S. Engelbrecht (Department of Industrial Psychology, Stellenbosch University , Stellenbosch, South Africa)
Gardielle Heine (Department of Industrial Psychology, Stellenbosch University , Stellenbosch, South Africa)
Bright Mahembe (Department of Industrial Psychology, University of the Western Cape , Bellville, South Africa)

Leadership & Organization Development Journal

ISSN: 0143-7739

Article publication date: 2 May 2017

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate how leader integrity and ethical leadership can influence trust in the leader and employee work engagement.

Design/methodology/approach

Data were collected using an electronic web-based questionnaire completed by 204 employees from various business organisations. Data were analysed by means of item analysis and confirmatory factor analysis conducted via structural equation modelling.

Findings

High levels of reliability were found for the measurement scales. Good model fit was demonstrated for the measurement and structural models. Empirical support was found for all the postulated relationships in the structural model.

Originality/value

This study is the first to analyse the joint relationships between leader integrity and work engagement through the mediating role of ethical leadership (i.e. moral management) and trust in the leader. The findings emphasise the key role played by ethical leaders in creating an ethical and trusting work climate conducive for employee engagement.

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Acknowledgements

Corrigendum: It has come to the attention of the publisher that the article Amos S. Engelbrecht, Gardielle Heine and Bright Mahembe (2017) “Integrity, ethical leadership, trust and work engagement”, published in Leadership & Organization Development Journal, Vol. 38, No. 3, did not reference two sources drawn upon. These were: Heine, G., “The Influence of Integrity and Ethical Leadership on Trust and Employee Work Engagement” (unpublished thesis: Stellenbosch University, 2013) and Engelbrecht, A.S, Heine, G. and Mahembe, B. (2014) “The influence of ethical leadership on trust and work engagement: an exploratory study”, SA Journal of Industrial Psychology, Vol. 40, No. 1, http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/sajip.v40i1.1210. The author guidelines for Leadership & Organization Development state that articles must be fully referenced. The authors sincerely apologise for this.

Citation

Engelbrecht, A.S., Heine, G. and Mahembe, B. (2017), "Integrity, ethical leadership, trust and work engagement", Leadership & Organization Development Journal, Vol. 38 No. 3, pp. 368-379. https://doi.org/10.1108/LODJ-11-2015-0237

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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