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Are you hiding from your boss? Leader’s destructive personality and employee silence

Baihe Song (Beijing Normal University), Jing Qian (Beijing Normal University), Bin Wang (Beijing Normal University), Mengli Yang (Central University of Finance and Economics, Beijing), Anruo Zhai (Central University of Finance and Economics, Beijing)
Cite this article:  Song, B., Qian, J., Wang, B., Yang, M., & Zhai, A. (2017). Are you hiding from your boss? Leader’s destructive personality and employee silence. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 45, 1167-1174.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.6421
Publication date: August 2017

Abstract


Employee silence is increasingly prevalent within modern organizations and has been considered a significant issue linking to a number of important organizational outcomes, hence attracting academic interest. In this study, we developed and tested a model of leader’s destructive personality, trust in leader, and employee silence with a sample of 205 supervisor–subordinate dyads. We found that (a) leader’s destructive personality was positively related to employee silence, and (b) trust in leader mediated the relationship between leader’s destructive personality and employee silence. Implications of these results for future research and practice are discussed.

 


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