University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
The purpose of this study was to understand how witnessing workplace gossip between a supervisor and an employee in a hypothetical scenario impacts ratings of acceptability of gossip behavior, leader quality ratings, relationship quality, and future comfort with the leader. Data were gathered from 207 college students who read a scenario involving gossip, which varied in the target (about oneself or another) and the domain (about work or personal matters) and then responded to a series of questions about the scenario. Across all four scenarios, leaders received fairly unfavorable ratings for participating in gossip behavior. However, we did not find consistent main effects based on the target or domain and there were no significant interactions between domain and target. Limitations and practical implications are further discussed.
Lobins, Samantha; Cruz Lesswing, Amanda; Anglin, Julia; Johnson, Katrina; and Black, Kristen
"The Innocent Bystander: A Scenario Based Study on the Impact of Leadership Gossip,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 29:
1, Article 14.
Available at: https://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol29/iss1/14