The Relationship Between Attributional Charismatic Leadership and Organizational Citizenship Behavior


Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Ronald J. Deluga, Professor of Psychology, Department of Social Sciences, 1150 Douglas Pike, Bryant College, Smithfield, RI 02917–1284. e-mail:


This study examined the relationship between attributional charismatic leadership and subordinate organizational citizenship behavior (OCB). Survey data were collected from 63 supervisor-subordinate dyads employed in the Engineering Division of a manufacturing firm. Hierarchical regression analysis supported the prediction that subordinate attributions of supervisor charismatic leadership would be positively associated with supervisor reports of subordinate OCB. The findings were interpreted in terms of how subordinate personal identification and internalization processes induced by charismatic leadership may activate OCB.