How and When Does Leader Behavioral Integrity Influence Employee Voice? The Roles of Team Independence Climate and Corporate Ethical Values

  • He Peng
  • Feng WeiEmail author
Original Paper


Management literature has repeatedly shown that an absence of voice can have serious negative influences on team and organization performance. However, employees often withhold suggestions or advices when they have ideas, concerns, or opinions. The present study proposes leader behavioral integrity as a key antecedent of employee voice, and investigates how and when leader behavioral integrity influences employee voice. Specifically, we argue that leader behavioral integrity affects employee voice via team independence climate. In addition, we propose a moderating effect of corporate ethical values. The results from a study of 134 managers and 408 employees provide support for this moderated mediation model. Leader behavioral integrity positively affects employee voice via team independence climate, but only when ethical values are emphasized in organizations. These results suggest that leader behavioral integrity, along with team independence climate and corporate ethical values, is very important for fostering employee voice.


Behavioral integrity Team independence climate Corporate ethical values Voice 



This study was funded by National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 71772047) and National Social Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 1509093).

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Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.

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  1. 1.Department of Business AdministrationFudan UniversityShanghaiChina
  2. 2.School of Economics and ManagementTongji UniversityShanghaiChina

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