Is leadership something that leaders do? Or is it something that leaders and followers do together? This research suggests that followers who believe the former are more likely to carry out an unethical demand made by a leader.
The idea here is that followers who believe in the leader’s sole power abdicate their responsibility for decision-making to the leader–the classic “I was just following orders” scenario.
Read Ethical Followership: An Examination of Followership Beliefs and Crimes of Obedience in the Journal of Leadership & Organizational Studies.