Transformational Leadership and Employee Voice Behavior: A Pygmalion Mechanism

Journal of Organizational Behavior, Forthcoming

40 Pages Posted: 20 Oct 2016

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Jinyun Duan

Soochow University

Chenwei Li

San Francisco State University

Yue Xu

Soochow University

Chia‐Huei Wu

Durham University

Date Written: October 6, 2016

Abstract

We theorized and examined a Pygmalion perspective beyond those proposed in past studies in the relationship between transformational leadership and employee voice behavior. Specifically, we proposed that transformational leadership influences employee voice through leaders’ voice expectation and employees’ voice role perception (i.e., Pygmalion mechanism). We also theorized that personal identification with transformational leaders influences the extent to which employees internalize leaders’ external voice expectation as their own voice role perception. In a time-lagged field study, we found that leaders’ voice expectation and employees’ voice role perception (i.e., the Pygmalion process) mediate the relationship between transformational leadership and voice behavior. In addition, we found transformational leadership strengthens employees’ personal identification with the leader, which in turn, as a moderator, amplifies the proposed Pygmalion process. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed.

Suggested Citation

Duan, Jinyun and Li, Chenwei and Xu, Yue and Wu, Chia‐Huei, Transformational Leadership and Employee Voice Behavior: A Pygmalion Mechanism (October 6, 2016). Journal of Organizational Behavior, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2854796

Jinyun Duan

Soochow University ( email )

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Taipei, Jiangsu 215006
Taiwan

Chenwei Li (Contact Author)

San Francisco State University ( email )

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San Francisco, CA 94132
United States

Yue Xu

Soochow University ( email )

No. 1 Shizi Street
Jiangsu, Jiangsu 215006
Taiwan

Chia‐Huei Wu

Durham University ( email )

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Durham, Durham DH1 3HP
United Kingdom

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