The present study proposed to explore the relationship between certain behavioral&
personality characteristics of the subordinates and leaders' trust in subordinates (LTS).The survey was implemented in 15 IT organizations in Beijing. The total sample comprised 25 leaders and 75 subordinates. Hierarchical Linear Model and Hierarchical Regression were employed to investigate the nested data. The research leads to the final theory frame within which the paths between several related variables represent the concentration of this research. It opens a door to further studying on LTS and lends itself to prepare for constructing a complete theory frame of vertical trust within organizations. In summary, the research conclusion involves in several aspects as follows:
The subordinates' trustworthiness is a mediator, through which subordinates' behavioral and personality traits influence on LTS. It is confirmed that trustworthiness plays a critical part in the trust judgment process of the trustor in this research.
Subordinates' job performance and OCB significantly impact on LTS. The more subordinates show those kinds of behavior, the higher LTS the leader incline to deliver.Job performance mainly affects the Ability dimension of subordinates' trustworthiness.
The Identification factor of OCB significantly concerns the Ability and Benevolence dimension, while Altruism factor of OCB concerns Integr妙and Conscientiousness factor of OCB concerns Benevolence of the trustworthiness.
Among subordinates' several personality traits, only Neuroticism, Agreeableness and
Conscientiousness significantly influence on LTS. The N factor works on Ability, the A factor works on Benevolence and Integrity, and the C factor works on Integrity
dimension of subordinates' trustworthiness.
The trust propensity of leaders, which is presented by the variable "General Trust" does interact with certain behavioral traits and personality traits of the subordinates, even though not all, and eventually impacts on LTS.