The Effect of Ethical Leadership Behavior on Ethical Climate, Turnover Intention, and Affective Commitment

Demirtas Ö., Akdoğan A. A.

JOURNAL OF BUSINESS ETHICS, vol.130, pp.59-67, 2015 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 130
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s10551-014-2196-6
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.59-67
  • Keywords: Ethical leadership behavior, Ethical climate, Affective commitment, Turnover intention, Role model, ORGANIZATIONAL COMMITMENT, JOB-SATISFACTION, VALUES, CHARACTER, QUESTIONNAIRE, MANAGER, MODELS
  • Kayseri University Affiliated: No


This study examines a mediated model of ethical leadership on ethical climate, turnover intention, and affective commitment. It is suggested that managers are role models in their organizations. Specifically, through ethical leadership behavior, managers can influence perceptions of ethical climate, which in turn will positively influence organizational members' turnover intention, and affective commitment. The results indicate that ethical leadership has both direct and indirect effect on affective commitment and turnover intention. The indirect effect of ethical leadership involves shaping perceptions of ethical climate, which in turn, engenders greater affective organizational commitment and less turnover intention.