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Bullying in work groups: The impact of leadership.
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PMID:  23198817     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Nielsen, M.B. (2012). Bullying in work groups: The impact of leadership. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology. The aim of this study is to examine whether and how laissez-faire, transformational, and authentic leadership styles are related to the occurrence of bullying in work groups. It is hypothesized that the investigated leadership styles have direct associations, as well as indirect associations through group cohesion and safety perceptions, with indicators of bullying among subordinates. Using a cross-sectional survey design, the variables were assessed in a randomly selected sample comprising 594 seafarers from two Norwegian shipping companies. Laissez-faire leadership was associated with an increased risk of exposure to bullying behavior, self-labeled victimization from bullying, and perpetrated bullying. Transformational leadership and authentic leadership were related to decreased risk of exposure to bullying behavior. Authentic leadership contributed to the variance in bullying beyond laissez-faire and transformational leadership. Analyses of indirect effects showed that the association between transformational leadership and bullying was fully mediated through safety perceptions, whereas a partial indirect association through safety perceptions was found for authentic leadership. This study makes a significant contribution to the literature by providing evidence for how leadership styles predict workplace bullying. The findings highlight the importance of recruiting, developing, and training leaders who promote both positive psychological capacities and positive perceptions among their subordinates.
Morten Birkeland Nielsen
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-11-30
Journal Detail:
Title:  Scandinavian journal of psychology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1467-9450     ISO Abbreviation:  Scand J Psychol     Publication Date:  2012 Nov 
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Created Date:  2012-12-3     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0404510     Medline TA:  Scand J Psychol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2012 The Author. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology © 2012 The Scandinavian Psychological Associations.
National Institute of Occupational Health, Oslo, Norway Department of Psychosocial Science, Faculty of Psychology, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway.
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