Are good citizens empowered more often?: Exploring employees' citizenship behavior as a driver of empowering leadership

As part of the Tyra Family Distinguished Conversation Series, Dr. Tony Kong, Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado Boulder, will present his paper, "Are good citizens empowered more often?: Exploring employees' citizenship behavior as a driver of empowering leadership" that he co-authored with Jian Peng (Guangzhou University, China; lead author) and Bradley L. Kirkman (North Carolina State University, USA; third author).

The abstract:  Employees have a need for self-determination at work, thus desiring empowering leadership. In today's flatter and more agile business environment, organizations also need empowering leadership for more efficiency and effectiveness. But why do leaders empower some followers more than others? We examine how and when followers’ OCB drives their leader’s empowerment of them. Using signaling theory, we propose that followers’ OCB, as a signal, assists leaders in positively assessing the relational risk in the social dilemma that is inherent in empowering others; and, by interpreting the signal, leaders engage in empowering leadership toward the followers. This process is mediated by leader-perceived leader-member exchange (LMX, an interpretation of the OCB signal) and is contingent upon their leader’s prototypical implicit followership theories (IFTs, a cognitive filter for the OCB signal). We conducted three studies with complementary designs (a cross-lagged field survey, a pre-registered experiment, and a time-lagged field survey), and found consistent and robust support for our model. Our findings provide theoretical and practical implications for empowering leadership and followership

Lunch will be served.  

Friday, November 11, 2022 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Harry Frazier Hall - College of Business, 351
110 W. Brandeis Ave. , Louisville, Kentucky 40208

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