Positive Organizational Scholarship and Trust in Leaders

Karen E. Mishra and Aneil K. Mishra

in The Oxford Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199734610
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Positive Organizational Scholarship and Trust in Leaders

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In this chapter, we discuss how courage, authenticity, and humility, all key characteristics of positive organizational scholarship (POS) leaders, enable leaders to be more likely to engage in trusting behavior with others. Moreover, our research has found that a leader demonstrates his or her trustworthiness by demonstrating reliability, openness, competence, and compassion. These trustworthiness dimensions contribute to a leader’s ability to create and sustain hope, thus creating a circle of trusted others that includes colleagues and subordinates whom he or she can rely on and who in turn relies on him or her. Through this trusting behavior, the leader empowers others and provides hope for the future, leading to lasting positive changes for the organization and creating a culture of trust.

Keywords: Keywords; Positive organizational scholarship; trust; leadership; hope; authenticity; humility; courage

Article.  9196 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Organizational Psychology ; Social Psychology

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