Journal article

Humility breeds authenticity: How authentic leader humility shapes follower vulnerability and felt authenticity

B Oc, MA Daniels, JM Diefendorff, MR Bashshur, GJ Greguras

Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes | Elsevier | Published : 2020

Abstract

Integrating existing work that considers the self through an interpersonal lens with theories pertaining to leader humility and authenticity, we develop a moderated mediation model that theorizes how and under what circumstances leader humility relates to follower felt authenticity. We argue that followers feel less vulnerable when their leaders express humility and further that this relation becomes weaker as the authenticity of leader humility decreases. We also theorize that follower vulnerability is the mechanism explaining the interactive effect of leader humility and its authenticity on follower felt authenticity at work. Our theoretical model was supported across four studies employin..

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Grants

Awarded by Singapore Ministry of Education (MOE) Academic Research Fund (AcRF) Tier 1 grant


Funding Acknowledgements

This research was supported by the Singapore Ministry of Education (MOE) Academic Research Fund (AcRF) Tier 1 grant (Project Fund No: C207/MSS15B018).