Follower need for cognitive closure as moderator of the effectiveness of leader procedural fairness.

A Pierro, M Giacomantonio, AW Kruglanski, Daan van Knippenberg

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Leader procedural fairness is an important factor in leadership effectiveness, but the study of the contingencies of its influence is still in its infancy. Addressing this issue we focus on the moderating role of follower need for cognitive closure, the disposition to reduce uncertainty and swiftly reach closure in judgement and decision. We propose that need for closure captures followers sensitivity to the uncertainty-reducing influence of leader procedural fairness. Across three studies designed to yield complementary evidence (two surveys and a scenario experiment), we find support for the hypothesis that perceived leader procedural fairness has a stronger (positive) relationship with leadership effectiveness for followers higher in need for closure. This support is found across a variety of indicators reflecting different aspects of leadership effectiveness: effort and performance, social identification, job satisfaction, and leader evaluations. We discuss how these findings advance our understanding of the uncertainty-reducing role of leader fairness.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)582-595
Number of pages14
JournalEuropean Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2013


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