PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to propose and test a model examining how three influential organizational factors – authentic leadership, transparent organizational communication, and employee engagement – are linked to employee trust.Design/methodology/approachThis study conducted an online survey on a random sample of 391 employees across different industry sectors in the USA.FindingsAuthentic leadership, transparent organizational communication, and employee engagement directly and significantly influenced the level of trust that employees have toward their organizations. Authentic leadership indirectly impacted employee engagement through transparent organizational communication. Authentic leadership also indirectly affected employee trust via the presence of transparent organizational communication and employee engagement.Practical implicationsThe study informs communication managers and organizational leaders with the importance of integrating authentic leadership and transparent communication skills, strategies, and tactics in various training and mentoring workshops. Creating a motivating, nurturing, and transparent organizational environment contributes to employee engagement and trust.Originality/valueThis study examines the drivers of employee trust by testing the effects of employee engagement, authentic leadership, and transparent organizational communication.
Journal of Communication Management – Emerald Publishing
Published: May 8, 2018
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