The multilevel interplay of responsible leadership with leader identification and autonomous motivation to cultivate voluntary green behavior

Fawad Ahmed, Naveed Ahmad Faraz*, Zhengde Xiong, Ying Ma

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Abstract

Implementing environmental regulations in Pakistan remains an ideological thought with little or no enforcement. In this context, an organization’s sincerity towards corporate social responsibility initiatives is proven when it operates responsibly without regulatory pressures. Aimed at advancing the discourse on social identity and self-determination theories, this paper examines the influencing mechanism of multilevel responsible leadership on employees’ voluntary green behavior from a vertical perspective through leader identification and autonomous motivation for the environment. The sample included 357 employees working in 97 teams from pharmaceutical, cement manufacturing, and textile sector companies. Multi-source data were collected in two phases and analyzed with multilevel structural equation modeling through MPlus 8.3 software. The results support the hypothesized direct and mediating mechanisms of responsible leadership in shaping employees’ voluntary green behavior. Theoretical and managerial implications, limitations, and future research suggestions are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Management
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2023

Keywords

  • Autonomous motivation for the environment
  • Employees’ voluntary green behavior
  • Leader identification
  • Responsible leadership
  • Self-determination theory
  • Social identity theory

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