Editor's Pick - May 2023



The power of example: The relationship between supervisors’ and employees’ organizational citizenship behavior
Dongxu Li (University of Science and Technology of China, and The First Affiliated Hospital of University of Science and Technology of China), Congyong Shang (Hefei Normal University), 2023, 51(2), e12172



Role models have significant impact on shaping our behavior, both professionally and personally. In the workplace, supervisors often serve as crucial role models for their employees, guiding and influencing their actions and attitudes. The article The power of example: The relationship between supervisors’ and employees’ organizational citizenship behavior by Dongxu Li and Congyong Shang delves into the world of organizational citizenship behavior (OCB) by applying social learning theory to understand the relationship between supervisors' and employees' OCB, as well as the moderating role of leader–member exchange (LMX).

The study analyzes the interactions between supervisors and employees, providing a comprehensive understanding of the dynamics at play. With a sample of 239 employees from various organizations in China, this research uncovers how supervisors' OCB not only positively influences employees' OCB but also demonstrates the importance of a strong LMX in enhancing this relationship. This highlights the fact that employees are more likely to exhibit positive organizational citizenship behaviors when they perceive their supervisors as role models who exhibit similar behaviors.

By focusing on the role of supervisors, the article presents valuable insights for organizations aiming to foster a positive work environment and improve productivity. It emphasizes the need for cultivating supervisors' awareness of and ability to conduct OCB, selecting supervisors with a high OCB tendency, and endowing them with job autonomy. Furthermore, it stresses the importance of encouraging supervisors to build high-quality exchange relationships with their employees, fostering a sense of trust, loyalty, and mutual respect.

This article not only offers a comprehensive understanding of the power of role models in the workplace but also provides actionable recommendations for organizations looking to enhance employee performance and satisfaction. By understanding the significance of role models and promoting high-quality exchange relationships with employees, organizations can create a more harmonious and effective workplace where employees feel empowered to contribute positively.

As you delve into this fascinating exploration of organizational citizenship behavior, I hope this article serves as a powerful reminder of the impact we can have on those around us. It is an incentive for each of us to strive to become a better version of ourselves, as we may unknowingly serve as someone's role model. By embracing the idea that our actions and behaviors hold the power to inspire and influence others, we can contribute to creating a positive ripple effect, benefiting not only our own lives but also the lives of those we interact with. Let this article be a catalyst for personal growth and a call to action for each of us to be the role model that others may need.

Ana Stojanov | Associate Editor
Social Behavior and Personality: an international journal