Perceptions of leader ethical behavior and its relationship to organizational effectiveness: An exploratory study

by Kimbrough, Larry C., Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2007, 153 pages; 3266266


Leadership has evolved into many shapes and forms in the past decade. One facet of this change has been the behavior of leaders. This research study is highly specific to contribute to the understanding of the relationship between ethical behavior and organizational leadership effectiveness. This project was designed to examine the relationship of a leader's ethical behavior and the resulting organizational leadership effectiveness. Organizational behavior and leadership characteristics were critically examined so as to develop an understanding of how a leader's ethical behavior resultingly impacts the organizational leadership effectiveness. Leaders are the most important and powerful influence on the culture of an organization and are responsible for creating credibility and trust. The understanding of resulting power from a leader's character recognizes that good things can result from evil people and that good people can sink into moral ruin. Rather, leadership provides a moral compass and, over the long term, a moral compass that reads true best serves both personal development and the common good. The sampling of the research was taken from top-level executives down to entry-level executives at Fortune 500 service or manufacturing companies in the United States. The methodology chosen for this research was of a mixed method nature. The qualitative portion of this research is of the type that attempts to understand the views and perceptions in specific situations and is a method described as phenomenological research in which the question of the research is answered through experientially acquired knowledge. Top-level executives of those surveyed were interviewed. The MLQ and ECQ survey instruments were used in this study. Descriptive statistics were conducted on demographic data and included frequency and percentages for nominal (categorical/dichotomous) data and means/standard deviations for continuous (interval/ratio) data. Summing all items in each subscale and dividing by the total number of items calculated the composite scores. In summary, the results showed a positive correlation between leadership ethical behavior and its relationship to organizational effectiveness.

AdviserWilliam Reed
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsManagement; Organizational behavior
Publication Number3266266

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