When Does Self-Sacrificial Leadership Motivate Prosocial Behavior? It Depends on Followers' Prevention Focus
Abbreviated Journal Title
J. Appl. Psychol.
leadership; self-sacrifice; prevention focus; regulatory focus; cooperation; ORGANIZATIONAL CITIZENSHIP BEHAVIOR; REGULATORY FOCUS; CHARISMATIC; LEADERSHIP; PROCEDURAL FAIRNESS; SOCIAL IDENTITY; RESEARCH AGENDA; MODERATING ROLE; COOPERATION; MODEL; FIT; Psychology, Applied; Management
In the present set of studies, the authors examine the idea that self-sacrificial leadership motivates follower prosocial behavior, particularly among followers with a prevention focus. Drawing on the self-sacrificial leadership literature and regulatory focus theory, the authors provide results from 4 studies (I laboratory and 3 field studies) that support the research hypothesis. Specifically, the relationship between self-sacrificial leadership and prosocial behavior (i.e., cooperation. organizational citizenship behavior) is stronger among followers who are high in prevention focus. Implications for the importance of taking a follower-centered approach to leadership are discussed.
Journal of Applied Psychology
"When Does Self-Sacrificial Leadership Motivate Prosocial Behavior? It Depends on Followers' Prevention Focus" (2009). Faculty Bibliography 2000s. 1461.