Integrity’s place among the character strengths of middle-level managers and top-level executives

William A. Gentry, Kristin L Cullen-Lester – University of Houston, John J. Sosik – The Pennsylvania State University, Jae Uk Chun – Korea University, Christopher R. Leupold – Elon University, Scott Tonidandel – Davison College

Summary

One purpose of this study was to extend integrity research in organizations into the ranks of middle management. We therefore examined whether middle-level managers’ behavioral manifestations of integrity related to ratings of their performance. Results of hierarchical regression analysis indicated that direct report ratings of a middle-level manager’s integrity were positively related to boss ratings of that manager’s performance. A second purpose of this study was to understand differences in integrity’s relative importance to performance among other character strengths, and as a function of context (e.g., managerial level)…

Citation

Gentry, William A., Cullen, K. L., Sosik, J. J., Chun, J. U., Leupold, C. R., & Tonidandel, S. (2013). Integrity’s place among the character strengths of middle-level managers and top-level executives. The Leadership Quarterly, 24 (3), 395–404. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.leaqua.2012.11.009

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