Rewarding Leadership and Fair Procedures as Determinants of Self-Esteem

D.A. de Cremer, B.M. van Knippenberg, D. van Knippenberg, D. Mullenders, F. Stinglhamber

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    Abstract

    In the present research, the authors examined the effect of procedural fairness and rewarding leadership style on an important variable for employees: self-esteem. The authors predicted that procedural fairness would positively influence people's reported self-esteem if the leader adopted a style of rewarding behavior for a job well done. Results from a scenario experiment, a laboratory experiment, and an organizational survey indeed show that procedural fairness and rewarding leadership style interacted to influence followers' self-esteem, such that the positive relationship between procedural fairness and self-esteem was more pronounced when the leadership style was high in rewarding behavior. Implications in terms of integrating the leadership and procedural fairness literature are discussed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)3-12
    JournalJournal of Applied Psychology
    Volume90
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2005

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