WORKER'S LEADERSHIP PERCEPTION AND REVERSE MOBBING TENDENCY: THE EFFECT OF EMPLOYEE ORIENTATION LEADERSHIP

Abstract

Author(s): H. Tezcan UYSAL

Reverse mobbing means; a subordinate or more than one subordinates starting a psychological war against their superior (executive) and playing political games in order to disrupt his superior hierarchical structure. The main difference that separates this concept from the concept of mobbing is; while mobbing results in the leave of employment, reverse mobbing results in the loss of hierarchical position. However, when the damage inflicted on the organization by this hierarchical position loss is considered, it is seen that reverse mobbing is a dangerous behavior at least as much as mobbing. Therefore, it is required to analyze all intra-organizational, non-organizational, individual etc. factors causing reserve mobbing. Hence, in this research, perceived leadership behavior that might cause reverse mobbing, was analyzed. The aim of this research is to determine if there is a relation in between perception of employee orientation leadership and reverse mobbing tendencies of the employees. Depending upon this aim, a research data was obtained from 191 workers with using snowball sampling. The data obtained from the research was analyzed by reliability, correlation, simple linear regression, Mann-Whitney U and Kruskal-Wallis H tests. According to the results of this analysis, a significant negative relationship was found out between the workers’ leadership perception which is employee oriented and reverse mobbing tendency. Furthermore, it was determined that; a one-unit increase in workers’ perception of employee orientation leadership caused 0.709 unit decrease in their levels of reverse mobbing tendency. In consequence of all these analyzes, perceived leadership behavior has taken its place in literature as a new factor affecting reverse mobbing.

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