The effect of trait anger and impulsiveness on ethical leadership and support for organizational change

Michael D. Collins, Simon Restubog

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In this study, we examine the combined effect of leader trait anger and impulsiveness (narrow neuroticism sub-factors) on ethical leadership and organization member adaptivity. Data from working leaders, their followers and direct managers provide preliminary evidence that high trait anger and high impulsiveness relates to low follower-rated ethical leadership, and low manager-rated organization member adaptivity. Similarly, there was a stronger negative association between trait anger and ethical leadership for leaders with high as opposed to low impulsiveness. Implications for research and practice are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Article number104072
JournalJournal of Research in Personality
Early online date27 Jan 2021
Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 2021

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