Title: Fostering innovative performance through ethical leadership: examining the mediating role of employee voice

Authors: Irfan Ullah; Nida Zahid Kayani; Abid Mahmood

Addresses: Department of Business Administration, Iqra University, Islamabad, Pakistan ' Department of Management Sciences, Bahria University, Islamabad, Pakistan ' Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan

Abstract: The purpose of the present research was to study ethical leadership as a forecaster of employees' innovative performance with the mediating role of employee voice. Data was collected from supervisors-subordinates dyad working in the software houses of Pakistan. The results of the present study suggested that ethical leadership was positively related with employees' innovative performance. Moreover, employee voice was observed as mediating variable between the ethical leadership and innovative performance linkage. The social exchange theory was utilised to construct the theoretical framework. This study has also discussed practical implications of the findings. Very few scholars have examined the significance of ethical leadership and voice behaviour of employees and focused on mediating variable such as employee voice, which has significantly contributed to the literature of business management and ethics.

Keywords: ethical leadership; employee voice; innovative performance.

DOI: 10.1504/EJIM.2020.107608

European Journal of International Management, 2020 Vol.14 No.4, pp.672 - 692

Received: 16 Jan 2018
Accepted: 29 Jul 2018

Published online: 21 May 2020 *

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