When does self-sacrificial leadership motivate prosocial behavior? It depends on followers¿ prevention focus

D (David) De Cremer, D M Mayer, Marius van Dijke, B C Schouten, M Bardes

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Abstract

In the present set of studies, the authors examine the idea that self-sacrificial leadership motivates follower prosocial behavior, particularly among followers with a prevention focus. Drawing on the self-sacrificial leadership literature and regulatory focus theory, the authors provide results from 4 studies (1 laboratory and 3 field studies) that support the research hypothesis. Specifically, the relationship between self-sacrificial leadership and prosocial behavior (i.e., cooperation, organizational citizenship behavior) is stronger among followers who are high in prevention focus. Implications for the importance of taking a follower-centered approach to leadership are discussed. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)887-899
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Applied Psychology
Volume94
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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