Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 120, Issue 1, pp 65–80

Hang on to Your Ego: The Moderating Role of Leader Narcissism on Relationships Between Leader Charisma and Follower Psychological Empowerment and Moral Identity


DOI: 10.1007/s10551-013-1651-0

Cite this article as:
Sosik, J.J., Chun, J.U. & Zhu, W. J Bus Ethics (2014) 120: 65. doi:10.1007/s10551-013-1651-0


We develop and test a process model demonstrating how leader charisma and constructive and destructive forms of narcissism interact to influence follower psychological empowerment and moral identity, using survey data from 667 direct reports of leaders from 13 different industries. Study results revealed that leader narcissism moderates the relationship between leader charisma and follower psychological empowerment such that when leaders possess a more constructive and less destructive narcissistic personality, their charisma has a stronger positive relationship with follower psychological empowerment. Study results also revealed that follower psychological empowerment mediates the differential interactive effects of leader charisma and constructive and destructive narcissism on follower moral identity. Implications of these results for future theory development, research, and practice are discussed.


Leader charisma Narcissism Psychological empowerment Self-concept Moral identity 

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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Management, Great Valley School of Graduate and Professional StudiesThe Pennsylvania State UniversityMalvernUSA
  2. 2.Management Department, Korea University Business SchoolKorea UniversitySeoulSouth Korea
  3. 3.Department of Labor Studies and Employment RelationsThe Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA

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