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The impact of ethical leadership on
counterproductivity among cabin crews

Mona Bouzari1 , Homayoun Pasha Safavi2* and Sanaz Vatankhah3

        
1School of Tourism & Hotel Management, European University of Lefke, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Turkey. E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
2Department of Business Administration, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Cyprus International University, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Turkey. E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
3Faculty of aviation and space sciences, University of Kyrenia, Kyrenia, via Mersin 10, Turkey. E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
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Abstract
   
Underpinned by signalling theory, this study develops and tests a research model that posits person- job fit and person-organization fit as the mediators in the relationship between ethical leadership and counterproductive work behaviour. Through a quantitative research method and judgmental sampling, data were collected from 192 flight attendants in the private and public airline companies in Iran in three different waves. To control common method variance, this study applied procedural and statistical remedies. The results emerging from this study show that implementing ethical leadership behaviours by airline managers sends signals concerning ethical values of the organization among cabin crews which results in greater perceived ethical values fit in terms of person-organization and person-job fit. Cabin crews, who perceive high levels of fit with the job and the airline, are less expected to involve in counterproductive work behaviour. The study discusses theoretical implications and provides useful recommendations for managers in the airline industry.
 
Keywords: Ethical leadership, Person-Job fit, Person-Organization fit, Counterproductive work behaviour, Cabin crews
  
CitationBouzari, M., Safavi, H.P. and Vatankhah, S. (2020). The impact of ethical leadership on counterproductivity among cabin crews. European Journal of Tourism Research 25, 2507.
  
 
European Journal of Тourism Research