Why does leader integrity matter to followers? An uncertainty management-based explanation

Robert H. Moorman, Steven Grover

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Abstract

We seek a theoretical answer to the question of why leader integrity matters to followers. We begin by defining leader integrity to include both the leader’s word/deed consistency and the consistency between the leader’s values and the follower’s values. Drawing on Fairness Heuristic Theory and the Uncertainty
Management Model, we suggest that followers use attributions of leader integrity as a heuristic for how the leader will behave in the future. Leader integrity attributions act as a proxy for necessarily missing information about leadership outcomes and offer followers needed confidence that their decision to follow is correct. Based on this uncertainty management model for leader integrity, we conclude with research propositions that may direct future studies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)102-114
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Leadership Studies
Volume5
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

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