Influence of Aversive Leadership on Worker Moral Disengagement With The Moderation of Islamic Work Ethics


  • Maryam Ali National University of Modern Languages
  • Muhammad Bilal Kayani National University of Modern Languages
  • Rashid Mehmood University of Education, Lahore


This study investigated the impact of aversive leadership in teaching staff of private schools on the subordinates’ moral disengagement and moderation of Islamic work ethics. Convenient Sampling was used and data was collected cross-sectionally using quantitative technique from the teachers of private schools of twin cities in Pakistan. A total of 350 sample is undertaken in the study with a response rate of 71%. The quantitative study found aversive leadership to be positively affecting subordinates’ moral disengagement as they might consider their leaders’ aversive behavior as an excuse to their immorality. Moderation of Islamic work ethics was found to be significant. As employees who abide by the teachings of Holy Quran and Sunnah know they have to perform their tasks wisely despite of the environmental constraints and must not punish the organization for the doings of their bosses. The discovery of the present research recommends that educational organizations may choose employing employees high in Islamic work ethics. Moreover, the present research recommends that firms establish the correct strategy and forming an even and solid work environment. A proper system of feedback can help reduce the effectiveness of destructive behaviors at work.

Keywords: Aversive Leadership, Moral Disengagement, Islamic Work Ethics.

Author Biography

Rashid Mehmood , University of Education, Lahore

University of Education, Lahore