Examining the Relationship between Psychopathic Leadership, Work Phobic Anxiety and Employee Work Alienation: The Moderating Role of Hostile Attribution Bias
Muhammad Ali Asghar Sandhu *, Tasneem Fatima*
Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, China &, Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto International Islamic University, Islamabad.*
Abstract: The current study examines the direct relationship between psychopathic leadership and work alienation while incorporating the mediating role of work phobic anxiety. The study sustains that work phobic anxiety mediates the relationship between leader psychopathy and employee work alienation. In addition to this, as grounded in Affective Events Theory, the study further establishes that Hostile Attribution Bias (HAB) as employee-centric dispositional factor moderates the relationship of leader psychopathy an affect inducing event and work phobic anxiety, an employee's behavioral outcome a reaction concerning stimulus workplace. The study employs a quantitative time-lagged design with multisource data collected in three waves through the survey method. Results of the data analysis established all hypotheses of the research in the proposed directions. Confirmatory Factor Analyses were also performed to ensure, reliability and validity of the scales employed in the study; the mediation & moderation were analyzed using SPSS Process Macro, using the "Bootstrapping Method" (Hayes, 2017).
Keywords: Leader Psychopathy, Hostile Attribution Bias, Work phobic Anxiety, Work Alienation