Authentic Leadership

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J Bus Ethics (2015) 131:107–119
DOI 10.1007/s10551-014-2271-z

Authentic Leadership and Whistleblowing: Mediating Roles of Psychological Safety and Personal Identification
Sheng-min Liu • Jian-qiao Liao • Hongguo Wei

Received: 26 July 2013 / Accepted: 22 June 2014 / Published online: 8 January 2015
Ó Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2015

Abstract The issues of organizational wrongdoing damage organizational performance and limit the development of organizations. Although organizational members may know the wrongdoing and have the opportunity to blow the whistle, they would keep silent because of the interpersonal risks. However, leaders can play an important role in shaping employee whistleblowing. This study focuses on discovering the mechanisms of how authentic leaders influence employee whistleblowing with a sample from
China. Results demonstrate that authentic leadership is positively related to internal whistleblowing. Team psychological safety partly mediates the relationship between authentic leadership and internal whistleblowing. Personal identification partly mediates the relationship between authentic leadership and internal whistleblowing. The study contributes to the extant theory by filling the gap between leadership and whistleblowing.
Keywords Internal whistleblowing Á Authentic leadership Á Psychological safety Á Personal identification

S. Liu
Business School, University of Shanghai for Science and
Technology, Jungong Road 516, Shanghai 200093, China e-mail: lsm19801222@126.com
J. Liao (&)
School of Management, Huazhong University of Science and
Technology, Luoyu Road 1037, Wuhan 430074, China e-mail: Jimliao@mail.hust.edu.cn
H. Wei
Department of Organizational Behavior,
Weatherhead School of Management,
Case Western Reserve University, 10900 Euclid Avenue,
Cleveland, OH 44106, USA
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