The emergence of value-based leadership behavior at the frontline of management:a role theory perspective and future research agenda

Abstract

The importance of value-based leadership such as authentic, ethical, and servant leadership is inconspicuous. However, the benefits of these leadership approaches are often only explained through the behaviors of their followers. As such, limited research has communicated the leader’s motivation for pursuing such leadership behavior, resulting in such discourse to escape theorizing. We draw upon role theory and paid attention to the role of higher-level management (leadership) through the trickle-down model to underline their importance in the organization. We then expand this role theory framework by synthesizing research to explain the emergence of value-based leadership behavior at the frontline of management. In doing so, we aim to provide a stronger explanation of the emergence of value-based leadership in organizations. We conclude this analysis by guiding future research in the form of propositions to investigate the psychological process and organizational factors to empirically examine the proposed role framework.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2021.635106
Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Work & Organisational Psychology
College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Aston India Foundation for Applied Research
College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School
Additional Information: Copyright © 2021 Chang, Budhwar and Crawshaw. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.
Uncontrolled Keywords: ethical leadership,servant leadership,authentic leadership,role theory,frontline manager
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PURE Output Type: Review article
Published Date: 2021-05-25
Accepted Date: 2021-04-06
Authors: Chang, Sin Mun
Budhwar, Pawan (ORCID Profile 0000-0001-8915-6172)
Crawshaw, Jonathan (ORCID Profile 0000-0001-7168-5607)

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