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Leadership, Trustworthiness, and Ethical Stewardship

Abstract

Leaders in today’s world face the challenge of earning the trust and commitment of organizational members if they expect to guide their companies to success in a highly competitive global context. In this article, we present empirical results indicating that when leadership behaviors are perceived as trustworthy through the observer’s mediating lens, trust increases and leaders are more likely to be viewed as ethical stewards who honor a higher level of duties. This article contributes to the growing body of literature about the importance of ethical stewardship in the trust relationship.

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Caldwell, C., Hayes, L.A. & Long, D.T. Leadership, Trustworthiness, and Ethical Stewardship. J Bus Ethics 96, 497–512 (2010). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10551-010-0489-y

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  • leadership
  • trust
  • trustworthiness
  • ethical stewardship
  • mediating lens