Title: Transformational leadership style and social responsibility of employees in economic corporations: a study on Sarmayeh Bank of Iran

Authors: Yashar Salamzadeh; Maryam Kianmanesh; Taghi Vahidi

Addresses: Graduate School of Business, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 11800 USM Penang, Malaysia ' Farabi Institute of Higher Education, Shahrdari Blvd., 100 East St. Mehrshahr, Karaj, Alborz Province, Iran ' Department of Management, Islamic Azad University of Shahrood, Shahrood, Iran

Abstract: In our dynamic era, observing the social responsibility has become an essence for each organisation. In addition, some researchers believe that observing social responsibility by the corporations is one of the perquisites of gaining profits, since today customers are very sensitive to ethical issues. The current study aims to examine a conceptual model relating to the association between the transformational leadership style and social responsibility of the employees in Sarmayeh Bank. This organisation has 400 employees and our sample size is 196. Second generation statistical tools are utilised for data analysis. Based upon the research findings, all four dimensions of transformational leadership style have significant and positive impact 0n employees' CSR activities. This study reveals the importance of the relationship between leadership style and employees' social responsibility; meanwhile, using this research's results, managers will be able to formulate suitable strategies for developing social responsibility by acquiring a dynamic approach to their leadership style.

Keywords: social responsibility; legal responsibility; ethical responsibility; humanitarian responsibility; economic responsibility; transformational leadership; idealised influence; inspirational motivation; intellectual stimulation; individualised consideration.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSSM.2019.099042

International Journal of Sustainable Strategic Management, 2019 Vol.7 No.1/2, pp.186 - 203

Received: 23 May 2018
Accepted: 15 Nov 2018

Published online: 12 Apr 2019 *

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