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SOCIAL ROLE THEORY OF UNETHICAL LEADERSHIP 1 The Social Role Theory of Unethical Leadership

@inproceedings{Hoyt2015SOCIALRT,
  title={SOCIAL ROLE THEORY OF UNETHICAL LEADERSHIP 1 The Social Role Theory of Unethical Leadership},
  author={Crystal L. Hoyt and Terry L. Price and Laura Poatsy},
  year={2015}
}
Challenging the standard reasoning regarding leaders’ ethical failures, we argue that a potent contributor to these failures is the social role expectations of leaders. We maintain that leaders’ central role expectation of goal achievement contributes to the over-valuing of group goals and greater moral permissibility of the means used to achieve these goals. In studies 1 and 2 we demonstrated that the role of leader, relative to group member, is associated with an increased appraisal of group… 

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