Behavioral and Organizational Sciences (CGU)
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Employees' level of trust in leaders has long been deemed an important key to successful organizational dynamics and performance. Utilizing survey data, the current study investigates differences in levels of trust between one's immediate manager and the organization's top leadership, the impact of individualism/collectivism on these levels of trust, and the influence of leader-follower distance on leadership trust. Results revealed higher levels of trust for direct leaders than organizational leaders among the U.S. sample. While individualism/collectivism was not found to significantly affect levels of leadership trust, perceptions of less leadership distance had a positive impact on levels of leadership trust.
Bligh, Michelle C., "How Far Can I Trust You? The Impact of Distance and Cultural Values on Leaders’ Trustworthiness" (2012). CGU Faculty Publications and Research. Paper 755.