TitleThe Effect of Leader Moral Development on Ethical Climate and Employee Attitudes
Publication TypeJournal Articles
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsSchminke, M, Ambrose, ML, Neubaum, D
JournalOrganizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes
Date Published2005
KeywordsStrategy & Entrepreneurship

This study examines the effect of leader moral development on the organization's ethical climate and employee attitudes. Results indicate that the relationship between leader moral development and ethical climate is moderated by two factors: the extent to which the leader utilizes his or her cognitive moral development (i.e., capacity for ethical reasoning), and the age of the organization. Specifically, the influence of the leader's moral development was stronger for high utilizing leaders, those whose moral actions were consistent with their moral reasoning. Additionally, the influence of the leader's moral development was stronger in younger organizations. Finally, as predicted, congruence between the leader's moral development and the employee's moral development was positively associated with job satisfaction and organizational commitment and negatively associated with turnover intentions.