Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 161, Issue 3, pp 641–652 | Cite as

Self-Sacrificial Leadership and Employee Behaviours: An Examination of the Role of Organizational Social Capital

  • Ahmed Mohammed Sayed MostafaEmail author
  • Paul A. Bottomley
Original Paper


Drawing on social exchange theory, this study examines a mechanism, namely organizational social capital (OSC), through which self-sacrificial leadership is related to two types of employee behaviours: organizational citizenship behaviours (OCBs) and counterproductive behaviours (CPBs). The results of two different studies (a field study and an experimental study) in Egypt showed that self-sacrificial leadership is positively related to OSC which, in turn, is positively related to OCBs and negatively related to CPBs. Overall, the findings suggest that self-sacrificial leaders are more likely to achieve desirable employee behaviours through improving the quality of social relationships among employees.


Self-sacrificial leadership Organizational social capital Organizational citizenship behaviours Counterproductive behaviours 


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Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical Approval

All procedures performed in the study involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards. This article does not contain any studies with animals performed by the authors.

Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ahmed Mohammed Sayed Mostafa
    • 1
    Email author
  • Paul A. Bottomley
    • 2
  1. 1.Warwick Business SchoolUniversity of WarwickCoventryUK
  2. 2.Cardiff Business SchoolCardiff UniversityCardiffUK

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