Limited research exists about ethical leadership as a recently defined style of leadership. The presence of ethical leadership influences productivity, improves job satisfaction, and reduces turnover and turnover intent in the workplace. Trust levels between employees influence job satisfaction and improved organizational performance. These issues create an opportunity to examine a potential relationship between the variables of ethical leadership and trust levels between employees. The quantitative, exploratory, nonexperimental, correlational study provided an examination of when ethical leadership is present in the workplace and the relationship to trust levels between employees. The theoretical foundation for this research was leadership theory with a specific focus on ethical leadership. A questionnaire collected data, administered through an outside collection company. The sample contained 131 participants from the Midwest United States and was limited to nonmanagement individuals in manufacturing organizations with less than 1,500 employees. Simple linear regression model analyzed the data with Pearson correlation coefficient used to verify the relationship between the variables. The analysis indicated a statistically significant relationship between ethical leadership and trust levels between employees with a positive impact on trust levels where participants perceived ethical leadership to be present. Findings were consistent among three subgroups divided by sex, millennial versus nonmillennial, and length of service with an organization. Minimal differences between subgroup means and reduced levels of participants due to breaking down the sample suggested opportunities for further research to determine the potential reasons for the differences.
|Commitee:||Klocinski, John, Wood, Vanessa|
|Department:||School of Business and Technology|
|School Location:||United States -- Minnesota|
|Source:||DAI-A 81/7(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Management, Ethics, Labor relations|
|Keywords:||Employee trust, Ethical leadership, Ethical leadership and trust levels, Millennials, Organizational performance, Trust levels in organizations|
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