Research on the Influence of Ethical Leadership on Employee Innovation—A cross-level adjustment model
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President Xi Jinpiing pointed out in the report of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China that innovation is the first driving force for development and the strategic support for building a modern economic system. In an enterprise, employees’ innovative psychological attitudes and behaviors are bound to be affected by their leaders’ various behaviors. In this paper, through 308 valid questionnaires, a cross-level adjustment model is constructed to explore the influence mechanism of ethical leadership on employee innovation. The research results show that: (1)ethical leadership style is an important antecedent variable for employee innovation; (2)employee organizational belonging plays a partial intermediary role between ethical leadership and employee innovation; (3)supervisor trust can be positively regulated the direct impact of ethical leadership on employee innovation. Finally, this article discusses that managers can promote the innovative behavior of employees by enhancing ethical leadership style; strengthening the promotion of corporate culture and values; coherent words and deeds and strictly following the rules and regulations.
Ethical leadership, employee innovation, employee organizational belonging, supervisor trust