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Advances in Psychological Science    2017, Vol. 25 Issue (1) : 121-132     DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2017.00121
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Ethical leadership: Conceptualization and measurement
SUN Jian-Min; LU Xinxin
(School of Labour and Human Resources, Renmin University of China, Beijing 100872, China)
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Abstract  

The construct of ethical leadership has garnered much research attention in recent years. However, researchers have not reached consensus on the conceptualization and measurement of ethical leadership. Based on an extensive review of publications, this paper classifies prescriptive and scientific definitions of ethical leadership, defines connotations and boundary of ethical leadership from a scientific view, and distinguishes ethical leadership from other similar leadership constructs. Then, we summarize and compare scales used in ethical leadership research, and highlight potential deficiencies of these instruments. We further provide recommendations for improving the conceptualization and measurement of ethical leadership, as well as indigenous research in the Chinese context.

Keywords ethical leadership      conceptual clarification      measurement      Chinese context      indigenous research     
Corresponding Authors: SUN Jian-Min, E-mail: chinajms@126.com   
Issue Date: 15 January 2017
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SUN Jian-Min,LU Xinxin. Ethical leadership: Conceptualization and measurement[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2017, 25(1): 121-132.
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http://journal.psych.ac.cn/xlkxjz/EN/10.3724/SP.J.1042.2017.00121     OR     http://journal.psych.ac.cn/xlkxjz/EN/Y2017/V25/I1/121
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