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Authentic leadership and employee performance: mediating role of organizational commitment

Authentic leadership and employee performance: mediating role of organizational commitment The purpose of this paper is to investigate the effect of authentic leadership (AL) on employee performance (EP) and to examine the mediating role of organizational commitment (OC).Design/methodology/approachData were obtained from all employees (216) of tourism agencies in Guilan province (Iran) using a 19-item survey. In total, 173 questionnaires were returned, yielding a response rate of 80 percent. A mediation model was outlined and tested using structural equation modeling.FindingsThe results showed that AL had a significant effect on EP and OC. The findings further demonstrated the significance of the relationship between OC and EP confirming the mediating role of OC.Practical implicationsThis study suggests that managers can promote OC and consequently EP by adopting an AL style. In addition, the managerial and theoretical foundations generated by this study can be considered a solution for improving EP.Originality/valueThis study contributes to the EP literature by providing a plausible explanation of the mediating role of OC in connecting AL to EP. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Leadership & Organization Development Journal Emerald Publishing

Authentic leadership and employee performance: mediating role of organizational commitment

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
0143-7739
DOI
10.1108/lodj-01-2019-0026
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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the effect of authentic leadership (AL) on employee performance (EP) and to examine the mediating role of organizational commitment (OC).Design/methodology/approachData were obtained from all employees (216) of tourism agencies in Guilan province (Iran) using a 19-item survey. In total, 173 questionnaires were returned, yielding a response rate of 80 percent. A mediation model was outlined and tested using structural equation modeling.FindingsThe results showed that AL had a significant effect on EP and OC. The findings further demonstrated the significance of the relationship between OC and EP confirming the mediating role of OC.Practical implicationsThis study suggests that managers can promote OC and consequently EP by adopting an AL style. In addition, the managerial and theoretical foundations generated by this study can be considered a solution for improving EP.Originality/valueThis study contributes to the EP literature by providing a plausible explanation of the mediating role of OC in connecting AL to EP.

Journal

Leadership & Organization Development JournalEmerald Publishing

Published: Jul 31, 2019

Keywords: Authentic leadership; Organizational commitment; Structural equation modelling (SEM); Employee performance

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